From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.

Use yarn, string, twine, raffia, or a combination of these.


1. How to Weave a Round Mat

Cut a circle of cardboard the size of the round mat you would like to make. About 9 inches is a good size to start with. Cut an odd number of notches 1/4" inch deep around the outside, evenly spaced. Cut about a 1-inch circle
in the center. Thread the loom as shown, tying the beginning of the string first time around so that it doesn't unravel. Tie the end when the loom is completely threaded. Cut long lengths (about 1 yard each) of different-colored yarns and set aside. Take one strand and start weaving it in and out of the loom, starting in the middle. Each time you change yarns, tie them together on the back side. When you finish, cut the notches away. Leave the center part of the cardboard there for strength. Add a fringed border if you like.

weaving illustration


2. How to Weave a String Tie

Cut three pieces of yarn as long as you want your belt or tie. If in doubt, make your measurements longer rather than shorter. Tie one end of each strand to a button. Then thread each piece of yarn through a straw, and tie the unbuttoned ends together. To weave, tie the end of a ball of yarn around one of the straws and knot it. Then pass the yarn under and over the other straws, back and forth, creating a weaving. Push the weaving off the straws down to the big knot as the weaving grows in length. When the weaving is long enough, cut the straws away. Knot each end of the weaving so it won't unravel. If you want a wider weaving, as for a belt, use more straws.

weaving illustration

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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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