Weaving is an activity that helps children develop many other important skills.
- Holding the material being woven between the fingers and thumb helps develop hand muscles that are necessary for writing and improving fine motor coordination.
- The act of weaving strengthens hand-eye coordination and visual tracking. It can also help a child increase their ability to concentrate on a task for longer periods of time.
- As they choose colors and create patterns they will be learning to express themselves and even problem solve. And that final product is sure to give them a sense of accomplishment and help increase their self-esteem.
With all the benefits of doing weaving with kids, it’s no wonder that our post featuring straw weaving bracelets is one of our top posts.
While my daughter loves weaving bracelets, I wanted to find some other weaving activities for kids to engage my son it as well. I could’t wait to share these colorful ideas with you, as well.
There are tons of paper weaving crafts geared towards preschoolers, and a few of the ideas below could work for preschoolers, too. However, for this list I chose to focus on weaving activities for elementary students.
Weaving Activities for Kids
Drinking Straw Weaving — Tweens will love creating their own colorful woven bracelets and belts with this straw weaving activity.
Woven “Straw”berries — Use drinking straws for weaving in this fun craft that is perfect for April Fool’s Day.
Fork Weaving — Talk about brilliant! This simple activity will keep kids busy and help them work on fine motor skills. Get a couple cheap forks from the dollar store and it can become a beautiful work of art.
Paper Weaving Placemats — This classic activity is a fun way for your child to help make the table special for the holidays (or any day really). You can even jazz them up a bit by making zig-zag cuts.
Classic God’s Eye — I remember making these as Christmas ornaments when I was a child. With the right color yarn they make a lovely decoration for spring, too!
Twig Weaving — I love the mix of nature and art in this fun spin on the classic God’s eye.
Nature Weaving — What a beautiful activity for a spring day!
Tinsel Weaving — This is such a fun and festive idea!
Weaving with Straws — Who knew plastic soda straws could look so pretty when doing straw weaving on a light table?
T-Shirt Yarn Weaving on a Cardboard Loom — Want to give your child the feel of weaving on a real loom but don’t want to spend all the money? Make your own with these simple instructions.
With so many colorful ideas to choose from, it may be hard to choose which weaving activity for kids to try first!
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