Saturday, June 15, 2013

Elmo and friends pom creatures.

This little guy is hanging on my metal cart that holds my Elmo Document Camera. I created him shortly after purchasing the camera that I call Elmo to make certain students would know what I was referring to.  So he is an Elmo hanging on my Elmo Cart.  Students have often ask me to make these in class but honestly, there is never enough time for all that I want to do with them.  These are relatively easy to make and should be a fast, fun, summer project to do at home.  You will need the following supplies:

1 fork plastic or metal
1 set of googly eyes
1 small pom pom for nose
1 magnet for the back
a ball of yarn of choice
1 pair of scissors

This should be an easy child project but assistance may be needed from an adult dependent upon the child's age.

Start by winding the yarn around the tongs of a fork.  The more yarn you wind, the fuller and bigger you pom creature will become.  Be careful to not wind the yarn too tight.
Cut wound yarn away from ball or skein of yarn.  Cut a separate piece of yarn about 6" long.  Slip one end of the yarn in between the tongs of the fork at the handle end of your fork.  Bring the other end up between the tongs at the open end of the fork.  Tie the ends into a knot around the wound yarn.
Slide the tied yarn off of the end of your fork and cut open the outside loops.  
Fluff up your pom and glue on googly eyes, pom pom nose and a magnet on the back.  Allow time for everything to dry before you play with it or use it as a magnet.  If you want a larger pom, wind the yarn around 3-4 fingers and repeat the above process.

Change your colors to create Elmo - Red yarn,  The Grouch - Blue yarn (glue him inside of a bottle cap to look like a trash can and put the magnet on the cap) or Cookie Monster - Green Yarn.  Have fun and create an entire family of pom creatures and give them your own names!

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