Working on weaving in preschool

I have learned so much from others since I started Teach Preschool. I am always amazing at the creativity of all the other bloggers out there and I am constantly sharing the ideas I read about with the teachers and children from my school.

As I continue the process of setting up classrooms, I want to add fresh ideas for play in the centers/shelves. I have seen the idea of weaving all throughout blog land and then I stumbled on these blue baskets in the Dollar store and knew they would be perfect for a weaving activity in the Fine Motor center.

I purchased four of the baskets for this classroom. The teacher added strips of ribbon and strips of foam for the children to weave in and out of the holes in the basket.  I always like to provide enough materials for at least 2 to 4 children to play with so they can play together. Working together keeps the children stay engaged in the process, invites conversation, and promotes cooperation and collaboration.

We will switch out the types of materials the children use with these very light-weight baskets periodically. The little girl above also has a clothespin in her hand which she is using to pull on the strip of foam.

See My Montessori Journey and The Activity Mom and Let the Children Play for more on putting together a weaving activity!

By |2010-12-14T23:15:55+00:00December 14th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. kewkew December 14, 2010 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Wow, what an awesome idea. We did a weaving activity in June when we were focusing on Ww,
    I love your idea. Thanks for sharing

    • Deborah J. Stewart December 14, 2010 at 11:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you for stopping by:) I will be sure to check out your weaving activity:)

      • Deborah J. Stewart December 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm

        Oh – I remember seeing your post on this weaving idea – it was a terrific idea for weaving. I will bookmark it for future reference!

  2. Lakisha December 15, 2010 at 7:11 am - Reply

    We must surly go to the same $ store LOL.. I have the same baskets, but I’ve never thought of using them to weave… Thank YOU!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart December 15, 2010 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      LOL – we must!

  3. Scott December 15, 2010 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Last year we did weaving with ribbon and open baskets that I found at the thrift store. The kids did some fancy stuff. I need to get that out again.

    • Deborah J. Stewart December 15, 2010 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      Yes you do:)

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