Fall Mat Weaving

fallmatweaving Mat weaving is a great way to strengthen children's fine motor skills while encouraging the development of problem solving skills. This is a great activity to welcome Autumn!

Goals:

  • To develop fine motor skills
  • To strengthen hand-eye coordination
  • To strengthen hand-eye coordination

Before You Start: Each child will need a mat. To make these, take 12" x 18" sheets of laminated construction paper, card stock or tag board. You can also cut poster board into 12" x 18" sheets. Fold each sheet of paper in half lengthwise and cut equal one-inch strips leaving at least one inch on both ends uncut. In addition, cut an assortment of precut one-inch-wide strips of paper that the kids will use to weave with.

Let's Get Started! Step 1. Give each child a precut mat of their choice and fall colored paper strips.

Step 2. Demonstrate for the children how to weave the strips of paper over and then under the slats of the mat. Continue weaving until you reach the opposite end of the mat.

Step 3. Glue the ends with glue sticks.

Step 4. You can also cut out seasonal shapes like pumpkins or large leaves and weave those as well.

Furthermore: For younger children, glue the strips to one end of the mat beforehand. Consider making the mat smaller by using 9" x 12" sheets.

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