I have the same problem. I have the kids for 8 weeks, one hour a week to do
weaving on cardboard (K-2) and frame looms 18" X 22" with a heddle bar and
blocks to hold the heddle bar out to do tapestry (2-5th). I have told the
kids that they may either buy the used loom ( that I make) from the school
for $6.00 or get a new one for $8.00. If they buy the used one I replace it
with a new one for the school. And then they can take it home and weave
more at home. They love It!! And they are learning tapestry techniques,
putting in designs, etc. So offer them a way to work at home as well, and
they'll come into class with all sorts of new stuff they did outside of
I am amazed that most of my students don't know what knitting, crocheting,
weaving, etc. is, or sewing even, but when they take the looms home the
grandparents come out of the woodwork and tell them all sorts of stories
about when their parents wove, etc. And then the kids really get into it.
Out of the the 120 kids I teach per 8 weeks, I'd say there are only 8-10
that don't want to, until they find they can get it, and then go on like a
house on fire.