The pot holder project started when we made a trip to the local thrift store. I found a plastic bag with a green metal pot holder frame, a brand new plastic yellow frame with a crochet hook attached, and several baggies of the weaving loops for $2.92. I went to Wal Mart and found the potholder refill loops in a kit for three dollars in the clearance section of the art department. There are lots of craft kits there that use basic skills that can be built upon later. After a couple of days, we were at the laundry washing big comforters and using their big dryers to get it all done at once, when I pulled out a loom and started a pot holder. He was on his tablet playing some game but about halfway through, he was watching me weave. By the time I was ready to crochet off, he wanted to pick the colors for the next one. So, I told him okay but this time you do it, I'll show you.
You can make a loom from nails and a wooden thread spool, to make these bracelets, and make them longer for drawstrings, and even longer (miles longer!) a hat or to stitch into a circle to make a rug. This round loom weaving is closer to knitting than the flat loom, but it is weaving and is easy to do for kids or adults.
My treasured grandmother made a beautiful afghan from the smallest round looms called flower looms. It looked like a blanket of daisies. My mom has it now, and it is mine next!