Rainbow weaving for kids is a hit!
This rainbow paper weaving was fun for my toddler, my preschooler, and my kindergartener alike.
They each had a slightly different cardboard loom to fit their needs. Not only did each boy enjoy this activity, but it was the quietest my house had been all day. – And on a rainy day stuck inside, I am here for that 100%.
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Teaching children to weave can be done at any age!
My first goal was to expose my boys to what weaving is, and what weaving looks like upon completion. I know that art is essential for children, and so this was another way for us to be creative in the home. From an introduction to painting with my toddler to Bubble Wrap Art with all three, art has found its place.
This activity was a fun way to hold the cardboard loom in their hands. I wanted to begin to explore how to pull the paper up and over the string.
Since I didn’t expect them to become master weavers on day one, I wanted to invite them into the rainbow weaving activity and allow the boys to take the lead. You can even find this activity, plus 19 others on our new BIG KID activity cards!
Weaving has so many benefits for preschoolers!
Practice pincer grip to help strengthen pencil grip
Holding a steady hand
Concentration and focus
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How do you make a weaving loom for kids?
Find a piece of cardboard or use the back of a cereal box.
Cut one-inch lines on either end of the cardboard.
String yarn, twine, or string from one end to the other and tie it in the back.
Keep the string tight, but not too close that it bends the cardboard.
Tape the cardboard loom to the table to hold it steady.
Cut strips of paper or use ribbon for children to begin exploring how to weave.
I made each cardboard loom to match my child’s needs.
For our almost-three-year-old, he has three wide lines for him to weave in and out of. You will see below that he went under with each strip of paper. Remember, we are exposing our children to weaving, not expecting mastery. He was proud of his work!
Our almost five-year-old had more lines to weave through. I taped each strip of paper to the back of his loom to get him started. He also felt confident in his final weaving project.
My oldest, six-years-old, had a blank cardboard loom and was able to weave in and out on his own. I did the first strip of paper for him to use as an example. This was something my Kindergartener was ready for.
The more my kids practice weaving, the better weavers they will become!
The next time my boys want to weave, we will use ribbon!
I will continue to guide them along, so they continue to recognize the over, under pattern.
We love how each weaving pattern came out and my 4.5-year-old raced the final product right up to his room! It is now hanging above his bed.
This weaving activity is such a simple way to create a keepsake and piece of art.
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Weaving with kids is such a great idea!
When will you give this a try?