Early educators know that weaving is a wonderful activity for young children that helps to:
- develop fine motor skills
- develop eye hand coordination
- increase focus and attention span
- promotes left right coordination
- reinforces following directions
- offers a relaxing, tactile experience
- is fun!
Making looms can be very time consuming if you have a large class. Here is a simple, economical solution that generates great results!
- Hardware store pest/deer mesh (we bought this at Home Depot).
- Weaving Materials: Ideal materials to weave are ones that present a variety of thickness and texture. We used: Yarn (we bought ours from yarn.ca), string, pipe cleaners, twine, thin, live sticks from outside (dogwood, willow are ideal), burlap material scraps and wool roving (cotton fill could work too).
- Cut your mesh into a 6 x 12" rectangle. Make sure to trim off all of the "stems" so that you have smooth, clean edges (no pokey mesh pieces).
- Begin weaving!
- We found that changing materials every three rows or so worked best. Consider a variety of textures and thicknesses and mix it up as you go. You can even add tassles to the bottom if you wish.
- Hang vertically - you can even add a larger stick to the top from which your work can hang.