When is the last time you worked with a loom for weaving? It seems as though weaving has been relegated to a hobby or artisan craft, but there are things your child can learn by making a fun homemade Loom!
Using leftover ribbons or craft paper cut into strips, your child can practice fine motor control and concentration by carefully weaving over and under the strings on this homemade loom.
Make a Loom with Popsicle Sticks:
1. Hot glue four popsicle sticks together in a square, as seen in the photo above.
2. Cut one long length of string or embroidery thread. Tie the end to the bottom left of your loom, then stretch the string to wrap around the popsicle stick across the square. Wrap a few times around that side, moving to the right, then stretch again across the square to return to the original popsicle stick. Keep wrapping and switching sides until you have a square loom with anywhere from 4 – 6 strings stretched across.
3. Provide your child with a basket filled with pre-cut ribbon or different colors of construction paper. They can all be different widths and lengths, but for ease of use, make them just slightly longer the loom.
4. Invite your child to weave! The key is the over/under pattern. Try saying it out loud together! Your child can choose any color pattern he or she likes. When finished, display the loom in your home as artwork. Later, take out the ribbons or paper and start all over again!
Weaving is a perfect activity for building fine motor control and concentration. Start with these easy-to-make loom at home, then explore more advanced weaving practices with fibers on a large loom!
Do you have experience working with a loom?
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