I called my cardboard weaving unit
RAGS, RHYTHM, AND RAINBOWS
Students selected the size of the cardboard loom ... were to begin their
collections of rag strips, fabric strips, tinsel, garland, ribbons, etc. etc.
during the holidays and bring in their huge bags of FINDS in January when we
began weaving. They could choose from a 9" x 12" loom or 6" x 9." Whatever
size they choose, it had to be completed. I also put a bulletin about our
collecting in the school newspaper prior to leaving for the holidays.
It just so happened my husband was VP of a poly bag company so I had 1000s of
heavy gauge poly bags 13" x 18" that zip locked. AWESOME! All students were
allowed to take their weavings to and from the art room to work on once the
looms were warped! BE SPECIFIC and let them know they are to return with
them every ART time for the next four weeks. EVERY single weaving was
completed & removed from the looms. I allowed and announced that the
weavings had to be completed by the end of the 4th ART TIME........once per
week. If you don't let them take them home, you will be weaving all year!
This works great as long as you have excellent organization. Names should be
placed on EACH BAG before allowing your looms to leave your artroom. Kids
can also sign a contract...with any info you want to include on the contract.
Rhythm principal was discussed as well as all the elements of design. They
were fabulous...DIFFERENT textures, colors, repetition, sizes etc.
I even had some students who warped the front side and the back side
continuously and created handbags... Those few students allowed me to line
them once finished so the bags could actually be used.
Wish I had some to show you all! 3rd GRADES LOVE WEAVING on cardboard looms!