Weaving baskets has never been easier or more fun than this paper bowl version. In addition to looking great and being useful, these crafty baskets will help kids work on their fine motor skills and their use of patterns. Once they get the hang of it, they’ll want to keep making baskets for everyone in the family. Dad can use his as a coin catcher and Mom can use hers to hold her keys!
First, cut a slit from the rim of the bowl to the flat part of the bowl. Don’t go too deep into the bowl, just to where the flat part starts.
Continue to make slits like the first all around the bowl, about two inches apart. For a six inch diameter bowl, it’s about six slits.
Take a piece of yarn about three feet long, and tie it to one of the cut sections of the bowl.
Have your child start weaving the yarn in and out of the slits of the bowl until the yarn runs out.
Then tie another color of yarn where the first piece left off. Have your child continue to weave the yarn in and out of the slits. She’ll be done when she’s woven the yarn to the top of the bowl.
Ask your child what color comes next if you’re doing a pattern (red, yellow, red for instance) and see if she wants to choose the pattern. Talk about how you know what color comes next based on repetition. Then keep on weaving!
Lisa M. Cope is a freelance writer who focuses on parenting and child development issues, among many others. She is the mother of two boys, ages five and two.