04 Jan Try at Home: Paper Weaving
Supplies You Need
- Two pieces of paper
You can use whatever paper you have; if your child is a beginner, a heavier paper may be easier to work with.
Cut one piece of paper in straight strips around 1” wide. You can draw lines and let your child practice cutting all the way through. It doesn’t have to be perfect!
Fold the other piece of paper in half into a chunky rectangle. Cut most (but not all) of the way through, starting at the fold, then unfold it.
Help your child take one straight strip and slide it over and under the partially cut strips. Then weave in a second strip, this time under and over under the other strips.
If it looks right, you can glue down the loose ends before you do more. Continue helping your child weave alternating strips under and over until they have a finished project!
After your child has a little practice weaving paper, it can be fun to use one patterned piece of paper and one plain one, cutting some of the strips in curves instead of straight lines. You can find many more paper weaving projects online.
If you and your child like paper projects, you may like Scholastic Teachables, which has printable projects for preschoolers through elementary school. It’s a resource that comes with your library card and you’ll need your card number to log in.
Paper Crafts by Gini Holland