Weaving is just a beautiful activity FULL of learning potential for any age: from discovering patterns and textures to encouraging growth in fine motor skills and eye hand coordination. (For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links.)
Weaving with a Large Loom
Quite a while back we bought a giant weaving loom from Discount School Supply. We have absolutely loved it! I frequently tear up old fabric into strips and cut extra ribbon or yarn and place it in a basket for the kids to use for weaving.
What I especially love about weaving is it can even be played with at any age. Theo (22 months) likes to pick out fabric from the basket and help me put it into the loom. Even though he’s not actually weaving, he’s so proud to be sticking pieces inside our creation and adding to the family project! And it’s been so fun watching Lucy progress from where Theo is at now, to actually being able to weave completely on her own.
Having a giant loom is such a fun way to work cooperatively on one beautiful piece of artwork! It’s been so nice to have in our home, and I think it would also be a wonderful addition to any classroom.
Weaving with a Mini-Loom
Having this large loom inspired me to create some similar looms for the kids to weave with, but that were small and easy to manage individually.
After some trial and error, I found what worked best was hot gluing four popsicle sticks together into a square. I then cut one long piece of sting and wrapped it around the sticks, creating a mini-loom. After I had adjusted the lines of string along the sides just how I liked them, I added a drop of glue on the string where it wrapped around the popsicle sticks to help hold it in place.
I cut up some shorter pieces of fabric, ribbon and yarn and placed them into a bowl next to the little looms for the kids to use.
It’s been so fun watching the kids quietly interact with the looms. I can hear Lucy talking to herself as she adds some ribbon to her creation, “over, under, over, under…”.
The looms have stood up very well to both kids using them. We haven’t had one come apart yet, although I do have the hot glue gun nearby just in case!
These would make a wonderful addition to a classroom. Think of what a fun center it would be~ allowing kids to create art while working on fine motor skills at the same time!
They’ve also been a fun addition to our home!
We’ll be taking our mini-looms outdoors for some more weaving fun along with a few other ideas! I can’t wait to share it with you in a future post next week!
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