Weaving is a great fine motor skill activity for the kids. Did you know, you can make a loom out of cardboard and get the kids looming today?

How to teach your kids to weave

What you’ll need:

  • cardboard
  • wool
  • plastic needle
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • masking tape


  1. Cut a piece of cardboard 6 inches by 8 inches.
  2. Take your ruler and lay it across the top of your piece of cardboard, about 1/2 inch from the top. Draw a straight line with a pencil. Now measure in 1” and make a mark. Continue on and make 12 hash marks about 3/8 inches apart all across the top.
  3. Cut the lines you’ve marked, stopping at your 1/2 inch ruled line.
  4. Repeat at the bottom.
  5. Cut out 2 strips of cardboard 1/2 wide and 6 inches long.
  6. Glue on the strips of cardboard so that the top of the strip aligns with the 1/2 inch ruler line.
  7. Cut 12 pieces of wool and thread through a top and bottom slit, making sure to leave a tail of about 3” on the back. Tape these ends to the back with masking tape. Make sure the threads are fairly tight. You are ready to weave   .                                                                                   
  8. Cut a piece of wool approximately 2 feet long and thread it on the plastic needle.
  9. Thread your wool under the first thread and then over the next, alternating all the way along. Pull through, leaving a small tail to tie off onto the first thread.
  10. Go back the other way creating the next line of weaving but do the opposite under and over.
  11. Repeat until your wool has finished.
  12. Gently push the weaving up to make it tight.
  13. Repeat with your next chosen colour (leaving a tail to tie it off).
  14. When you have filled the cardboard, carefully slide your wool loom threads off the cardboard.
  15. At the bottom and top knot your loom wool together, two at a time.
  16. Use sticky tape to tape loose ends to the back of the weaving.
  17. To attach your weaving to a stick, thread and loop wool around stick and join it to the weaving.
  18. Loop a weaving handle to hang the weaving up. You can add beads and pom poms if you wish.

I love these and they’d make great presents for the kids to give.

Have you ever done weaving with your kids? Please add comment below.

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  • This was so much fun when I was a kid. Back in those days I would be given old jumpers that had holes in so that I could pull them apart and reuse the wool.


  • So cool! So great for the kids. An idea for school holiday activity, maybe make a couple as gifts


  • this will be a great activity to try on the holidays. this will be a new skill for all of us


  • This is gorgeous! Such a lovely decoration afterwards


  • Looks like a great one to try this weekend!


  • A great low cost idea for the school holidays and to get rid of wool scraps


  • That looks amazing, thanks for sharing.


  • Great idea! These are the simple things I use to love doing as a child.


  • This is absolutely a great activity for fine motor skills. I recall weaving at school. It’s not something we did at home, but primary school was great for these kinds of activities. Unfortunately, I don’t think these types of activities are part of the curriculum anymore. That’s sad.


  • Used to do this with all my children – they loved it and both boys and girls still are capable of a lot of sewing and craft today.


  • Another activity to add to my list of things to do with my little one to keep him occupied!


  • What a great idea to keep kids occupied.


  • I am definitely doing this with my daughter! She loves being creative!


  • I haven’t done weaving with my kids as so little but I will be doing that :) I will enjoy it too!


  • No I never have. Think my daughter is too little at the moment but certainly something we can do later. Thank you


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