Ribbon weaving and painting in preschool

Yesterday, I shared how we made ribbon trees in our prek class but we have also been exploring ribbons with our threes too…

This doesn’t have to be a holiday activity. In fact, these ideas are great ways to use up some of that left over ribbon from the holidays…

I set out these dish or sink mats (from the Dollar Store) along with several skeins of ribbon at one table for a little ribbon weaving and tying…

The key to making this fun, is letting the children choose ribbon to cut and weave rather than having the ribbon already cut up…

Some of the children preferred to weave the ribbon in and out of the holes…

And some of the children preferred to tie knots with the ribbon…

Very open ended process that invites great use of fine motor skills!

We also explored a little ribbon painting!

We set out some colorful paint, scissors, and different colors of ribbon for the children to paint with. The children cut a length of ribbon, dipped it in the paint, and dragged it across the paper any way they wish…

We  covered the entire table with paper and let the children freely paint with the ribbon anywhere they wanted.  When the paint dried, we cut up the large ribbon painted paper into individual squares for each child to take home…

The children enjoyed ribbon painting together…

By |2011-12-18T07:00:57+00:00December 18th, 2011|

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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. Cheryl Golangco December 18, 2011 at 9:41 am - Reply

    I love letting the kids do weaving and lacing activities but they always have such a hard time and get frustrated! heehee Either ways, with lots of compliments and support from the teachers, their frustrations die down and they just have fun with the whole thing! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 18, 2011 at 9:54 am - Reply

      I find just weaving alone to be frustrating too for the children – this is why it is important to let the children choose from a variety of ribbon and get to cut it up as well. The added processes makes weaving more interesting to try:)

  2. Brittney December 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    I will have to check for those sink mats at Dollar Tree next time I go so I can try this with my kiddos!

  3. Karen @ PreKinders December 19, 2011 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Those mats are perfect for weaving. I don’t think I’ve seen those in the store, but I’ll have to look next time I go.

  4. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree December 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Those sink mats are awesome! Are they from Dollar General? What a great weaving activity….I know my daughter would love it! Nice big holes and no tearing of paper!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      These sink mats are from Deals which is kind of like a Dollar General.

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