Build fine motor skills with a pretty weaving project! Use a variety of colored yarn and our R2195 Little Shape Beads for this fun activity.Weaving can get a bit tedious unless you jazz it up a bit! That’s where our R2195 Little Shape Beads come in! Thread the beads through the yarn at various sections to add colorful decorations to the woven lines.
Duration: 20-30 minutes
• Paper plate
• Colorful yarn
• Black marker
Make the most of your weaving projects with R5601 Plastic Lacing Needles! Designed for little fingers to safely thread yarn while practicing an essential fine motor exercise.
Place the beads in a bowl in the center of a group of students. They can all share the bowl as they decorate. I used a 12-inch ruler to help create the notches for the weaving. Any ruler larger than the diameter of the paper plate will work fine.
Place the ruler across the paper plate. Draw a short line at the top and bottom edge of the paper plate along the ruler length. From the first set of lines drawn, twist the plate 90 degrees. Draw in lines for the notches. Rotate the paper plate ten times in total to make an even number of notches all the way around.
To make the weaving loom’s warp strings, first attach the end of the yarn through the notches. Loop back to the center and secure with a knot. From the knot, thread the string through the nearest notch and draw it across the plate to the opposite side. Continue in either a clockwise or counter clockwise pattern all the way around the plate.
Secure the end with a knot. Check out the video below for a detailed look at the weaving process!
Go under then over each consecutive warp string. Once you make a full loop, be sure to skip over 2 strings. This alternates the pattern of the weave. Change colors by snipping the end off one yarn color and tying a knot for the next color to continue the weave. As you weave through, thread a Little Shape Bead through the yarn at certain points.
You can notice how the pattern of the weave changes from layer to layer. Some of the layers I decided to go over twice then I alternated the pattern. Finish off just before the warp strings reach the rim of the plate. All done!
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