The very resourceful Clare directed us in this simple craft project this morning at the Rainbow Kids playgroup. Our girls are delighted with their little wool people, and have spent the rest of the day playing with them!

Clare Wilkinson with Shasa, May 2011
Clare is an early childhood teacher and has a wealth of craft ideas which she shares with the playgroup. Shasa was eager to use her scissors in making her wool person.

Wool people, May 2011
This little wool dolly is very simple for a 6yo to make with a bit of adult assistance.

Here’s how they’re made.

Making wool people, May 2011
The materials are very simple: wool, cardboard and scissors.

Making wool people, May 2011
Wrap the wool around the length of cardboard many times. Aisha could do the initial wrapping and needed some help to tie it off.

Making wool people, May 2011
Before pulling the wool off the cardboard, tie off the top. This holds the head together.

Making wool people, May 2011
After pulling the wool off the cardboard, tie another knot to form the round head.

Making wool people, May 2011
Divide the rest of the wool into arms and legs, and tie each section off, including the waist.

Making wool people, May 2011
Cut off the ends of the limbs.

Making wool people, May 2011
If you want to dress your person, use a scrap of fabric. Fold it over lengthwise, cut a small circle for the head, and if you want to make "pants", cut a slit at the bottom too.

Making wool people, May 2011
Slip the tunic over the head of your wool person and secure it with a "belt".

Making wool people, May 2011
For best results, make several people. They can be easily put to bed under another scrap of fabric!

Making wool people, May 2011
By the end of our craft activity, our playgroup made a lovely group of wool people — all special individuals in their own right!

Mummycraft factor: 4. The intervention necessary depends on the age of the child you’re doing this craft with. Our 6yo could handle the scissors and winding the wool. She could also tie knots to keep everything in place. This is too difficult a craft for 3yos, but they love playing with these wool dolls, so if you have younger children, perhaps you can make some wool people as a little present! (The Mummycraft factor tells you how much of the craft the mummy ends up doing. 10 is full-on-Mummy-does-the-craft and 0 is walk-away-and-come-back-to-a-finished-craft.)

(This article was shared as part of the We Play link-up.)