Looking for fun things to do with kids at home? Poi spinning is an easy craft that will keep kids engaged for hours on end.
Poi spinning is an ancient tradition that dates back hundreds of years to the Māori of New Zealand. It is said that Māori men used poi to train strength and flexibility, and Māori women used poi as a game and form of entertainment. Today people of all ages and abilities are practicing poi, and in 2018, a clinical study on poi and health proved physical and cognitive benefits after just one month of poi practice.¹
As a form of play based learning, poi is a great activity for children of all ages. Playing poi gets that blood pumping and can help fine-tune motor skills, foster muscle development, and activate the brain. But before you can play poi, you need a pair of poi! Luckily poi is a super fun craft activity which can be done with materials found around the house. Check out the video and instructions below on how to make poi in under 5 minutes, including sock poi and corded sock poi.
How to Make Sock Poi for Kids
- x1 pair knee-high socks
- x1 pair anklet socks
- Measuring cup
How to Make
1. Create the weight for your poi. Measure 1/4 cup of rice and pour into one anklet sock. Tie a knot at the top of the anklet sock so rice stays secure. Repeat to create your second weight.
2. Place each weight inside one knee-high sock.
3. Create the handle for your poi. Tie a knot in the knee high sock where your little one would like to hold it. The poi should not hit the ground when spun, so tie the knot accordingly (e.g. tie the knot closer to the toe of the sock to make the poi shorter, or closer to the opening of the sock to make them longer).
How to Make Corded Sock Poi for Kids
- x1 pair anklet socks
- x2 hair ties or rubber bands
- x2 generous handfuls of stuffing (craft stuffing, foam, newspaper, or plastic bags)
- x2 strands of cord (rope, yarn, or ribbon)
How to Make
1. Turn anklet socks inside out. Fill each sock with a generous handful of stuffing.
2. Tie a knot at the bottom of each strand of cord. If using yarn or ribbon, you can braid a few strands together to make the cord more substantial.
3. Put the knotted end of each cord inside your anklet sock, so the knot is embedded in the stuffing.
4. Use your hair ties or rubber bands to tie off your anklet sock, securing the cord and stuffing inside.
5. Flip the rest of the anklet sock down, hiding the hair tie/rubber band and exposing the right-side of the sock fabric.
6. Create a handle by tying a knot at the end of the cord.
Easy Crafts for Kids: DIY Poi Making Video
Now it’s time to play!
There are so many ways for children of all ages and abilities to play poi and keep their minds and bodies active. Check out the links below and our Poi for Kids page for more resources.
Poi Videos for Kids
Can you twirl along to this poi routine to Wheels on the Bus? Visit the SpinPoi YouTube Channel for more poi spinning videos for kids.
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This article was written by Dr. Kate Riegle van West, the leading global exponent in working with poi to improve wellbeing.