It's a bit embarrassing that I haven't posted these yet, as these projects have been dangling from the walls for quite awhile now. They've even been featured on our school news channel. But not on this blog--fail.
Once upon a time, my first graders made colorful 9x12" weavings on which they traced the shape of an elephant, a la Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. (I saw the Elmer idea on Pinterest, from here.)
We went through a whole spiel to fold, draw, and cut the proper lines on the 9x12" paper to get the warp.
Then the over/under games began!
For some unknown reason, I kept referring to their strips of paper as 'chicken strips' all throughout this project. Then I got really hungry and one Friday night sent my husband to the grocery store for chicken strips. I felt better after that.
The kiddos traced Elmer patterns that I made but had to add the eye and ear on their own. I adore the individual results--from eyelashes to bug eyes, floppy ears to teeny tiny people ears!
The kiddos loved their Elmers and I was pleased with this quickie result. I have a weaving phobia, people. I don't know where it came from, and I
imagine that the cure might be just doing it for cryin' outloud, but
alas, here we are. I have yet to pull out the surplus of yarn that lurks
in the boxes stacked atop my cabinets (maybe because the janitor once found a bat living up there? eeek!), and show my darlings the
(supposed) joy of the loom. I suppose I could blame the
curriculum--beyond paper weaving with the little kiddos, it's not a
requirement. Adding a pachyderm into the weaving equation makes this much more interesting, if you ask me.
So go ahead and judge my lack of bravery on the yarn weaving end of things. Maybe a little judgment is what I need to get my bootie into gear! And now, two questions for you:
1. When weaving with paper, do you pre-cut your warp (or 'looms') for the kiddos, or have them do it themselves?
2. Second, do you allow students to glue down their imperfections or prefer to try to fix all wrong turns? 'Cause I'm undecided--sometimes I act as the paper weaving police, while other times I enjoy the quirkiness of a misplaced paper strip.