Sweet Pea is 4 years old.
- 3 or 4 sheets of colorful paper.
- Cut a 1 inch strips all the way across one sheet of paper, but leave about 1 inch uncut at the top.
- Tape the top (uncut portion) of the paper to the table.
- Cut the other sheets of paper into 1 inch strips.
- Show your tot how to weave one strip over and under through the cuts on the original paper.
- Repeat with a different colored strip.
- Continue until there is no room left for new strips to be added to the original paper.
- Tape the other 3 edges so that half the tape is along the edge and 1/2 the tape is on the table.
- Peel the woven page off of the table and fold the excess tape on all 4 edges over onto the back so none of the strips will slip out of the weaving.
Observations: Sweet Pea worked very hard at this and was totally engaged. I pointed out that she could create a pattern of strips and she really enjoyed creating an A-B-C pattern of strips to weave into the paper.
This weaving activity was a perfect level of challenge for Sweet Pea. I helped her quite a bit at first, but she was able to work completely independently by the end. It required a lot of concentration and fine motor control, which was great for her, but I think it might be too difficult for younger tots.
This activity was very easy to set up and Sweet Pea completed the entire page in one sitting. She spent 20-30 minutes on it and I see us doing this again. I think it could easily be expanded into a Thanksgiving (or other holiday) placemat craft.
I highly recommend this activity for preschoolers (and up) with good fine motor control.
Notes from the Trenches: As she was weaving the edges strips kept moving under the last cut on the taped down sheet. Next time I would cut off about 1 inch from each side of the original (taped down) sheet so it is more of a rectangle so the edges of the strips would have more length and wouldn’t slip under so easily.
Rating: 4 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Independent, Frugal)