Paper Weaving: Rainbow Fish (January 2012)

A real test of concentration and dexterity for children aged four to six!

The children were given a basic oval shape which I had pre-cut with parallel vertical slits to form the ‘warp’ of their paper ‘loom’. First they added their own fins and a tail to make a fish shape, and cut it out.

Then they decorated the fish by weaving strips of coloured and silver paper in and out of the slits, remembering each time to weave the opposite way to the previous strip of paper (or ‘weft’). This is more difficult than it looks – especially weaving the last strip of paper!

After trimming and gluing the ends of the paper strips they added more detail using gold and silver markers.

The resulting Rainbow Fish were so colourful and striking, the kids were very proud of them!


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