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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

String Art Is Great for Math Skills

Have  you ever heard of String Art? I used to do it in my classroom at least once a holiday. I always felt it was a great academic activity for my 2nd graders. Doing string art taught them to focus on following directions, reading numbers carefully (12 is not 21!), and being patient while they complete the activity.

But with more stringent regulations on reading, math and testing, it was a frivolous thing I had to put aside. I still have past students who ask if I still do that, so I  know that it was something they enjoyed and remembered. 

This week my sister is in charge of a 4H camp and she asked me to teach her kids how to do String Art. 
I was super excited because I do love this activity. 

I wanted to show you some of the pictures that go
into making these pictures.

You start with these patterns. The back side is where the directions are. This is where you start with the needle and crochet thread. There is also a sheet of directions that tells you to go down a number then up a different number. 
(You don't go in order like 1, 2, 3,  . . . but you would go down 1, and up 15, down 2 and up 16. . . etc.)

This is my tub of crochet thread.

And here are some of the finished products.

They are very cool looking.

All this testing sure makes me miss doing the fun things that were also important for kids. 

Sometimes they say the pendulum will swing back . . . maybe there is hope someday that we can go back to doing what's important for kids and good for them too.



  1. Gorgeous! It looks like a great way to build fine motor skills too! I'd love to do this with my owlets!
    Owl Things First

  2. I used to do string art - I remember making a whale for my grandparents. I made mine with nails - how do you do yours?

    1. These are made with tagboard and punching a hole through each dot that has a number beside it. Then they use a needle and crochet thread to create the design. I checked to see if the books are still in print with the company, but they aren't.
      Judy/Instructo 1981.

  3. I would love to try this my kids. Where can I pick up patterns and directions?

    1. I would love to be able to tell you, but I have had these books for years! I haven't seen them in Teacher stores in a long time. But you could check if you'd like. My books are from Judy/Instructo from 1981. I did a quick check with them just now and didn't find anything. But when I googled String Art, I found a couple things but not as simple as these. So sorry!


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