Weaving is a great way to work on fine motor skills and as one of the targets for this school year for both J and T I wanted to set up an activity that could be done time and time again as well as produce some art work for the walls when we wanted so I got creative and made a table top/portable loom for the kids to use and then we got weaving for the first time.

Paper Snake Weaving with DIY shoe box loom

Shoe Box Lid Loom

Shoe Box Lid
Masking Tape or Duct Tape
Yarn
Scissors

How to make a shoe box lid loom

Paper Snake Weaving with DIY shoe box loom

Take a shoe box lid and first off reinforce the sides by wrapping them with masking tape or duct tape. Then along the longest edge cut slits at regular intervals on one side and repeat on the other side with exactly the same number of slits.

Paper Snake Weaving with DIY shoe box loom

With the first slit put in the yarn and wrap around the neighbouring slit to form a anchoring point and then pass the yarn down to the bottom slit and across to the next slit along and then up again repeat this along all of the points and attach with an anchor at the other end.

Paper Snake Weaving with DIY shoe box loom

Paper Snake Weaving

We’ve never done weaving at home so I wanted a method to work on with the kids that would be fun and get them using their fine motor skills without it being a chore. So Paper Snakes seemed ideas.

Materials

Paper of different colours (Light weight is easier to weave with)
Scissors
Black Marker

Weaving with Paper Snakes

Paper Snake Weaving with DIY shoe box loom

Cut strips of paper that are different thickness and different colours – I cut along the landscape edge of the paper as this would be an ideal length for going into the shoe box for weaving.

Paper Snake Weaving with DIY shoe box loom

On the end of each strip of paper cut to a point and draw on a face (to make the snakes).

Paper Snake Weaving with DIY shoe box loom

Then with your child guide them to take the snake under ground (underneath the yarn) and then back up and go over the ground.

Paper Snake Weaving with DIY shoe box loom

There will be mistakes and we left some and some we went back and corrected.

Paper Snake Weaving with DIY shoe box loom

Using paper we’ve been able to take off the weaving from the loom and then stick it to paper to produce art work for the wall.

Paper Snake Weaving with DIY shoe box loom

With a couple of pictures made the loom and the paper snakes are set up as an invitation to weave every so often to help develop fine motor skills needed for writing in the future and pencil control.

Paper Snake Weaving with DIY shoe box loom

The shoe box lid set up with the yarn makes an easy storage container for the snakes and can then easily be brought out and set up time and time again. I tend to set up a snake to start off with which makes it easier for my kids to know what the pattern will be.

Paper Snake Weaving with DIY shoe box loom

If you would like more ideas for fine motor skills that you can do at home with the kids to help support their development then check out our pinterest board for more ideas.

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 Paper Snake Weaving with DIY shoe box loom

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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