Are you looking for an activity to start your children on the art and craft journey?Maybe to strengthen their fine motor skills or develop their concentration? Would you like to encourage their interest in patternmaking and math? Perhaps it’s a trip down memory lane from your own childhood. These are just some of the reasons weaving is perfect for young children!
We all want any activity to be achievable for the child so that they experience the satisfaction of completion and independence.
You can do this by starting with stringing beads and lacing the dressing frame or lacing cards.
This allows the child to develop their necessary fine motor skills, practice crossing the midline and develop their concentration through repetition.
Include physical games to make sure the children understand the words, ‘in’ and ‘out’ and ‘over’ and ‘under’. Try to use the words ‘in front’ and ‘behind’ as some children haven’t picked up the meaning of these words up from conversation.
First Lacing cards – I have used the strips cut off during laminating and punched holes in them. Then I tied some ribbon to one end. This is perfect as an initial activity as the child can complete this successfully in a short space of time. They may take it home, perhaps to use as a book mark.
Lacing Cards – these are occasion cards with the words cut off and holes punched around the edge for a more challenging lacing activity.
Now the child is ready to be introduced to weaving.
Weaving is an activity that definitely needs to be presented to the child before they try it themselves!
Sit at a child height table together.
Place the threaded weaving card on the table in front of you and have the basket of coloured strips within reach.
(I know that for this age group we don’t normally speak during a presentation but I find it natural to say the words ‘over’ and ‘under’ as I weave.)
Select a strip of paper (the weft)and showed the child how to weave it under and over the string (the warp) on the weaving card.
Then select another piece and weave it ‘under’ and then ‘over’.
When finished show the child how the weft (The paper strip) slip on top of each other.
Removed the second weft and make a show of checking if you have started ‘over’ or ‘under’.
They start ‘over’ and then ‘under’. Then show the child how the weft no longer slips about!
“Now it’s your turn”.
The child selects the next strip of paper.
He checks the pattern and then begins weaving the weft ‘under’ and then ‘over’.
When the child had filled the weaving card I show him how to turn over the card and secure the strips with sticky tape.
I make these weaving card from cereal etc boxes as they are sturdy but OK to cut.
The following is a bit more like a real loom but takes longer to make with the square cut and the cut out has to be off set from the cut out on the other side.
You can also use strips of ribbon or fabric to weave but paper is easy to handle for a beginner.
I’ve also recently tried weaving with a Hoola Hoop loom
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