We are a crafting family! We love to pull out basic supplies to create awesome works of art! After I started to discover the benefits of weaving for children, I wanted to introduce them to weaving projects because not only is weaving fun, but it helps to foster development and so many skills with the most basic of supplies!
Weaving helps kids to develop fine motor skills, which are so important! Fine motor involves the coordination of the small muscles of the hands and fingers and plays a big role in using utensils to eat, getting dressed and successfully snapping buttons and zipping zippers. Fine motor skills also play a major role in handwriting and using scissors.
Weaving unleashes creativity in kids as they can create designs and experiment with a variety of color combinations and patterns.
Weaving is a practical life skill. Think about this. People weave as an occupation. Chances are professional weavers learned this skill as a child in an elementary or preschool setting. Giving your kids weaving projects today could very well turn into a skill they will use later to shape their lives!
Weaving is a great way to introduce left to right correlation. As you know, we read from left to right. Offering children a variety of projects that will build those skills now will help them to learn to read easier when that time comes.
If your children are already reading and have a developed their fine motor skills, don't discount weaving as a great project for them! Encouraging creativity is always a great thing for kids, regardless of their age!
I have a few great ideas for you to check out so that you can plan a few weaving projects with your kids. These all require simple supplies and are sure to be a hit with your children!
This is a great introduction to weaving for kids. All you will need is a few sheets of paper, in whatever colors your children like and a pair of scissors. This is an especially great method for creating a
placemat, a work of art for your walls or refrigerator door, or a lovely way to dress up a recycled jar for a pencil holder.
This is a great activity for children! If you have lavender growing in your flower beds, you know this is the time to harvest it. This activity comes harvesting the lavender, creating something decorative that can help them to relax and sleep easier and weaving! All you will need is fresh lavender and some pretty ribbon!
This is a gorgeous way to express creativity and this makes a great invitation to play. On rainy days we like to make these in a smaller version for a project that is quick to set up, but can engage the kids for at least an hour!
Do you weave with your children? If you have any suggestions for weaving projects with kids of any age, I would love to hear about it in a comment!
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