Weaving 101

Gotta love Pinterest!  After discovering Creative Jewish Mom, a blog “enhancing every day in every way with creativity”, I had to try a fun-looking weaving project posted by the author.  I’ve always wanted to try weaving, especially knowing the needs of some of my autistic students who work hard to increase their fine-motor skills.
Here is a photo journal that documented the work of my daughter this morning:

By experimenting with materials, we soon discovered that it was easier to work with the t-shirt material instead of the jean material.  The strips of jean material did add a nice contrast, though — next time we would probably cut them much thinner (this time we cut them 1″ wide).

It’s nice to think of the applications of this craft in the classroom.  Depending on the needs of some students, the focus could range between ‘over & under’ to measuring and tying.  The bonus is having a useful piece of art to display and to bring home.  My daughter is convinced that her weaving project makes a beautiful rug for her stuffed bunny’s home, but place mats and pot holders are good options too! 😉

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