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Recycled Fabric Weaving

Enhance your child’s motor skills, hand eye coordination, and focus with the ancient art of weaving.
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We are all taught to reduce, reuse and recycle but sometimes it can be hard to know where to start! I am here to help you reduce your waste by reusing your old clothes in creative ways all while creating something beautiful and learning a skill that can be useful for years to come.

Weaving, once taught, can be expanded upon. Your child can continue to weave with the skills I will teach them in this lesson. It is a meditative and relaxing activity that benefits your child's development of motor skills and helps refine their ability to focus. Most importantly, it is super fun!

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Materials

-Old T-shirts or fabric items to be cut into strips ( I can also supply this but it is best to teach the child to recycle if we use their own clothing)
-Recycled cardboard loom
-String
-Scissors

Disclaimer

As parents, it's important to make sure that activities are age appropriate and that allergies or medical conditions are communicated as you see fit.

Sometimes, a materials or other additional fee is charged. We do this to bring you the best possible activities. It's the Kid Expert's job to confirm any such fee in advance.

Sample Activities and Instructions

First we will create a loom from recycled cardboard and string. The cardboard should be about 6 inches to a foot in length. Cut evenly spaced notches along the short sides of the rectangle. The string will be looped through the notches creating parallel lines. The excess can be tied together in the back.
Second we'll cut the clothing into even strips at least two inches longer than the width of the loom. The amount of fringe on the side is determined by the extra length. Be sure to have the child measure and cut, this is a great opportunity to enhance those motor skills!
Now your little one is ready to learn the art of weaving! Instruct the child in the over under technique alternating each row. As they become more comfortable they can be taught to make stripes by alternating colors.
A fun way to enhance this lesson is to have the child create a plan for their weaving. Together we'll draw a rectangle the size of the loom. Then, in the colors of the materials available, have them draw a desired color pattern. They will then weave their plan to completion. The color scheme can be based off emotions or something found in nature, like a sunset.