10 Wonderful ways to weave

Build fine motor and hand-eye coordination with weaving in your classroom!

Weaving is such an excellent activity to try with preschoolers!  Weaving not only promotes fine motor skills, but helps children learn how to create patterns and work through problems they may encounter while weaving.  It can also be a beautiful way for children to express themselves artistically.  Today I’m sharing ten wonderful and simple ways to offer weaving opportunities to your children at home or in your classroom…

Selecting a Loom

Weaving can be done with very few materials and with little set up, making it the perfect activity for busy moms or teachers.  And yet, it can keep little hands busy for long stretches of time, something else that is quite appealing to both teachers and moms.  Let’s begin by talking about what tools you will need for weaving.  First you need something to act as a “loom” and you will also need ribbon, yarn, or some other type of long fabric to weave into your loom.  Looms can be made from items found around your home or classroom.  I’ll bet if you just take a look around, you will find that you already have a few perfect looms just waiting for little hands to start weaving.  The first type of loom I’d like to share with you was made from a simple plastic sink mat, found at the dollar store…

If you take a look around the dollar store, you may find a lot of inspiration for looms.  Here’s another simple idea from the dollar store: a loom crafted out of a plastic basket

Another unique idea for weaving came from this wooden dish drying rack

Using Recycled Materials

If you don’t want to purchase new materials to use as a loom, then simply look around your home for some inspiration.  Dig through your recyclables for materials that you can turn into a loom.  That is exactly what Play Create Explore did when she created her own loom out of a styrofoam produce tray.  You’ll noticed she included a cardboard loom in the picture too…

Casa Maria is well-known for upcycling materials and transforming them into beautiful works of art.  Here, she introduces us to a different type of weaving material, using just a simple cardboard square and nylon loops for weaving

You can also make your own homemade weaving loom out of popsicle sticks like Buggy and Buddy.  I think all of these small looms would be perfect to take along on a car ride…

Large Scale Looms

Since I’ve shared a few tabletop looms and hand held looms, I’d like to now turn your attention to some large scale looms.  Yes, weaving is a great way to build fine motor skills, but it can be a large motor activity, as well.  Remember how I told you to look around your home to find inspiration for looms?  Well, take a look at your banister on your stairs and tell me what you see.  A giant loom!  That is exactly what The Boy and Me saw when she came up with this brilliant rainbow weaving activity using scraps of all sorts

If you don’t have stairs in your home or classroom and are looking for another large scale loom, look no further than a table!  Simply flip a table upside down and encourage the children to weave in and around the table legs like we did here with our upside down, wacky weaving activy…

You can also turn a long hallway into a loom, simply by attaching your strings to the walls with tape or by tying the string around door knobs.  We turned our classroom into a large scale loom by wrapping crepe paper in and out of chairs and table legs.  Then we climbed over it and crawled through it!  Talk about so much fun…

Weaving Outdoors

And to wrap up our ten wonderful ways to weave, I’d like to encourage you to take your weaving outside.  Can you find a loom in your own backyard or on the playground?  How about a fence?  Can you create a loom out of sticks or a small stand of trees?  Babble Dabble Do created this beautiful natural loom out of a tree stump in her backyard…

Have you been inspired to weave?  Or do you have a great loom to share with us?  Share your ideas in the comments section below!

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By |2019-01-02T10:08:35+00:00April 23rd, 2014|

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. Ana April 23, 2014 at 8:02 am - Reply

    I love weaving projects for kids and this is an absolutely wonderful round-up! Thank you so much for including our natural loom too 🙂

  2. TheBoyandMe April 23, 2014 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for including my weaving post in your round-up, I’m honoured! Would you believe that two years later, it’s still up? The Boy won’t let me take it down!

  3. Rhythm April 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Wow! This all looks like great fun! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jon Dorsett February 3, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Not just for teachers and Moms; Dads too. Bit fed up with so many things for kids presuming that Moms are the primary carers. Sorry to grump (there’s some great ideas here), but how about some inclusive thought about parenting. Thanks.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 3, 2017 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      Good thinking. I think you have found the one post where the word “mom” is exclusively used. I will try to be more sensitive to that going forward.

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