God’s Eye ornaments

Materials

  • 2 sticks for each God’s Eye (Popsicle sticks, coffee stirrers, etc.)
  • several balls of yarn

Preparation

To make your God’s eye, begin by crossing two sticks to form an “X”. To secure those sticks, and keep them in place, wrap a piece of yarn around the intersecting points of the stick.  You can knot your yarn to start, or you can just trap the tail under the yarn as you start wrapping. Do a few wraps in one direction, and then rotate your sticks, and do a few wraps in the other direction to ensure your sticks are stable, and won’t shift. Next, wrap your yarn around one stick, close to the center of the God’s eye, and take it over to the next stick.  Wrap it around that stick, and take it to the next stick.

Continue wrapping and winding in that fashion, rotating your God’s Eye craft as you work. Whether you wrap the yarn over the sticks or under doesn’t matter, as long as you are consistent. It may take your child a few attempts to get the hang of the winding process.  There’s quite a bit of co-ordination required. They’ll have to concentrate to hold their sticks in one hand, and their yarn in the other. And it takes co-ordination to weave and turn their ornament as they go. There’s lots to focus on, but as your kids get into their “groove”and their movements become repetitive, they’ll find the activity relaxing and gratifying.This activity is so good for increasing fine motor skills and co-ordination.

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