Working on weaving in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on December 14, 2010

in Classroom Setup, Fine Motor Center, motor skills, The Value of Play

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!

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