Paper weaving is a great fine motor activity for your preschooler or elementary aged child. There's something very ZEN about it, and the result is always lovely!
Here's what you need:
- Construction paper in a rainbow of colors (plus black or white)
- An eager child
Fold your white or black paper long-ways (hot-dog style). Cut slits in the paper about 1" wide, leaving about 1" uncut on the edges. I drew lines here to show you, but you probably don't need to draw them.
Cut strips of your colored construction paper, about 1" wide. You only need 1 strip of each color for each paper that you'll be weaving.
Next, let your child weave the colored strips into the white or black paper. Show them how to go over and under each slit. Lena settled into a peaceful cadence, "Over, under, over, under," as she did each strip. After you finish each color, shimmy it up to the top as far as it can go.
Lena also taped the strips in place along the edge of the paper once she had woven them all through, but that step isn't really necessary. They mostly stay in place by themselves.
The last strip is fairly tricky, since there isn't a lot of room to maneuver it where it needs to go-- you may have to help out a little more with that one!
These can be displayed as is, or you could laminate them and use them as small children's placemats!
For more bright and colorful rainbow ideas, visit the Cutting Tiny Bites Pinterest board below.
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