Weaving with young students is fun. Either they get it or they don’t. I start weaving with first grade level students. We start with paper. I am never concerned whether they are strictly “over then under”. I am simply introducing them to the concept that one strip goes under the other until the end. I don’t even expect them to loop down to the next row….yikes.


simple paper weaving– This is from the site, “Kids Activity Blog“. I teach them how to fold bringing the bottom to the top of the paper. Trust me, there are so many children who cannot grasp where the bottom of a piece of paper is let alone how to fold paper in half.

I do not even attempt this project until after Christmas when they seem to have marked brain development.

Just what I have learned after 30 years. They fold their paper and then they gather around me I demonstrate how to use 3 fingers or 4 (whatever works for you) to space the lines that will be the warps of the weaving.


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When they watch they leave me and go to their tables and before they get scissors they must check with me that they have drawn from the fold and their lines are not mashed together. Another alternative is distributing paper tagboard strips to use as spacers.



I just run a sheet of poster board or any cardboard through the paper cutting making them all uniform widths. No need for measurements on them.

Students then cut on the lines that they drew.

I stress constantly not to cut then line to the edge of the paper or they end up with a pile of strips of paper.

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I have already precut a ton of strips and call up tables by their numbers and give them an amount they can start with. Again, I don’t get hung up on precision….just process and understanding. I then demonstrate how to glue the ends. And TA DA! Done.

That is the most basic of paper weaving when you are teaching a large group of students.

Below I have put together a number of unusual ways to weave with children. If you are an art teacher, you know the basics of weaving: finding a loom, tying on the warps and starting wefts. If you have no idea what those terms are…..a little research will be needed.

In this photograph from Mummy mummy mummy mum a simple show box is used to create a simplistic weaving. As you can see anything reasonably flexible can be used to weave.

This is a fun project but you will be charged with cutting a lot of cardboard circles.

I have done this project and recommend doing this with your 5th graders. The hardest part was setting up the notches on the plate. After that, it was super fun.


Here is another of the same project but the finished product. You start with the painting of a landscape and then set up the plate to be the loom. So many concepts to be presented with this project.