Double-the-Design Yarn Paintings!


Use yarn as a painting tool to explore math concepts! Create one-of-a-kind designs with Crayola Pearl It! Mixing Medium.


1. Cover your painting area with newspaper. In a small bowl, combine Crayola Washable Kid’s Paint with Crayola Pearl It! Mixing Medium. Create a variety of different colors and effects.

2. Crease construction paper in the center to make halves. Measure and cut yarn in different lengths with Crayola Scissors. Dip most of each piece of yarn into a different color of paint. Arrange the painted yarn on one side of the folded paper.

3. Fold the paper over the painted yarn. Gently press down. Lift the paper and carefully remove the yarn. You have a mirror image on the paper halves. Air-dry your double design!

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.


  • Experiment with different types of yarn, ribbon, and string in various weights and textures. How do they change the results?
  • Lightly hold down the folded paper. Pull out the yarn. How do the designs differ when you use this technique?
  • Try painting with sticks, leaves, feathers, and other unconventional tools.
  • Use the other Tempera Mixing Mediums (Texture It! and Glitter It!) to achieve different effects. Mix it with the paint or apply it on top of dry paint.

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crayola supplies
  • Washable Kid's Paint
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
  • Pearl It!
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • yarn
  • ruler
  • paper towels
  • container(s) of water



  • Pre-K and Kindergarten


  • Math
  • Visual Arts


  • Less than 1/2 hour


  • Children cut yarn into several different lengths and fold paper in half, using skills for measuring and fractions.

  • Children use unconventional items (yarn) as tools to create mirror-image art and experience first-hand the math idea of doubles.

  • Students follow directions for the yarn-painting technique to complete their painting.


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