Monday, November 1, 2010

Indian, or Harvest Corn, Paper Weaving Craft For Children

Thanksgiving time just begs for a children's, paper weaving, craft. But, taking on an entire place mat's worth of weaving construction paper, can be a bit much for younger children.

I decided to start mine off with a smaller, cob of corn, sized project for a warm-up.

It's pretty simple. Cut a roughly corn shaped piece out of brown construction paper.

Fold it, and cut vertical slits, leaving about 1/4 inch from the edge, intact.



Give it to your child, with thin strips of construction paper, in orange, red, and yellow, and let the weaving begin.


When they are done, have them glue down the loose ends, to the brown piece.

Then, trim off the extra, around the edges.
Depending on how corn shaped your original piece was, you will either have a lovely, cob of colorful corn, or a fall colored Easter egg.

The nice thing about harvest, or Indian corn is that even if the children make a mistake, and forget to alternate a strip, it only adds to the random kernel effect.

It's great to be homeschooler.

8 comments:

littlewondersdays said...

Pretty! This is a small enough project that I wonder if my little ones could do it. I'll have to try it with them.

Phyllis said...

What a lovely variation of paper weaving. I love it! LOL about the fall colored easter egg. :)

Debbie said...

This is such a cute project, and so simple, we will have to give something like this a try.

Christy said...

I love this. You are right that sometimes a whole placemat is just too much for young kids. This is perfect.

Emily said...

Very cute craft!

Ticia said...

That's the perfect size for my kids to make their first try at paper weaving......

Raising a Happy Child said...

Hmm - I am tempted to see if daughter can do it. Unlikely - she has never had a lot of interest in lacing or weaving. It does look pretty neat when complete!

Jackie H. said...

I never thought to make a smaller space for weaving. Very ingenious.