Thanks to my crafty friend Nancy, I bought this fantastic weaving set for Chloe. The Harrisville Designs Potholder Deluxe ($19.26 on Amazon) is a great set that comes with everything you need to start weaving right away. I liked that the material provided were cotton loops that were easy for my 4 year old to attach on to the metal frame of the loom. While she organized her colors for her potholder, I helped her weave the metal rod down and over the loops on the frame and she did the rest on the her own which was attaching on the new loop and bringing it through the frame to hook it on the end on the other side. I did help her a bit in case the hook got caught on the existing loops.
I like the deluxe set because it comes with 3 bags of cotton loops to make 6 potholders. There is also a smaller set set but that one only gives you enough to make 2 potholders. You can buy extra loops Harrisville Designs a-Lotta Loops ($15.82 on Amazon, makes 8 potholders) or a smaller pack of cotton loops for $7.28.
These kinds of projects help your little one with fine and gross motor skills as well as teaching them about color combinations and patterns. The loom isn't limited to making just potholders. It comes with an instruction booklet to show you how to make a purse, stuffed animal/doll sleeping bag, magic box, tissue box holder, or a little quilt. I love that this helps teach kids about working on longer term projects. It's something they can do a little bit at a time and finish it over a course of a few days or week if they have to.