Double-the-Design Yarn Paintings!

Double-the-Design Yarn Paintings! lesson plan

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!


  • 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.


  • 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.