I find that paper is a good way to introduce kids to weaving as the patterns are more visible than with yarn.
- Construction paper, 9″ x 12″
- Paper cutter
- Xacto knife, optional
- Glue sticks
PREP: One large 9″ x 12″ sheet needs to be prepared for the background “warp”, the term for the parallel lines in a weaving. Parallel lines need to be cut 3/4″ apart from each other, leaving the top and bottom edge intact. This may be done with an xacto knife and ruler, or folded paper and scissors.
- I cut varied widths of 9″ strips of paper for the “weft”, the lines that go across in a weaving. Starting at one end, a paper needs to be woven up and down from one side to the other. The next paper is woven in the same manner, just done in the opposite way as the first. Press each strip close together as you advance and repeat until the area is filled.
- To add an extra bit of color, the students can go back to the widest strips and add another skinny strip on top.
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