As we begin our Character Counts large group project this semester, I have had a lot of fun teaching the younger children how to weave. Every year this can be a bit of a challenge, but this year we have taken a different approach and rather than having the students make their own individual weaving project, it is a group effort.
I have been blessed with a husband that does a little bit of woodworking. He made some nice big wooden frames for me. I wanted to have a frame for each color represented in the Character Counts Pillars. There are 6 of these. I also wanted to have the frames look nice with an existing bulletin board in our main hallway. This entailed giving the frames a thinned acrylic paint stain and then using a wood burning tool to etch designs into them. This was a new skill I had to learn. I was fun but extremely time-consuming. My husband and I both worked on this part of the project.
Now that the frames are nearly completed, the fun part begins. This is where I get make a woven tapestry with my K-3 students. I’m very happy with how our project is starting to look. The kids are delighted too.
We are attempting to make our weaving project symbolic of the students it represents. By doing this we have added some old denim since most of the children like to wear blue jeans. We also have included ribbon, yarn, and an old paint shirt that represents their love for making art.
I am looking forward to seeing what else our students bring to weave into our project. Their have had some very creative ideas so far.
If you would like to help your child make a frame loom at home, you might find this website helpful. You can use an old frame you might have in the back of the closet, some nails, and odds and ends from around the house to weave into the piece. I hope you have fun turning your trash into treasure with your child!