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weaving with the little guys


From: McKenna, Susan (smckenna_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Oct 03 2000 - 08:22:22 PDT

I teach weaving at the k-1 level (it is
a multi age class, thank God) I have
them make a little loom out of pop
sickle sticks. One for the top one for
the bottom and then five across the
middle part that acts as the warp
threads. This works because the warp
"threads" are stable and the kids have
an easier time pushing the yarn over and
under. Some of the kids just aren't
ready to figure out how it works and
they usually just wrap the yarn around
the whole thing. This gives the
opportunity to talk about patterns that
can be made, or to demonstrate how the
over under thing holds everything in
tight. The only time consuming thing is
tying everyones strings on!

Try it, it is fun and full of skill and
content. Susan