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How to Make a Celtic Knot

How to Make a Celtic Knot Activity

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See more activities in: Fifth Grade, St. Patrick's Day

Celtic knots are super cool because they represent a never-ending line. They're especially popular come St. Patrick’s Day, although nothing will ever trump the shamrock as far as St. Paddy's symbols go. Get in a celebratory mood this March 17th by making a Celtic knot with your kid.

What You Need:

  • 1 foot long piece of twine or rope

What You Do:

  1. Tell your child to set the piece of twine out flat in front of her in a single line.
  2. Encourage her to form a loop in the center of the twine, with the left side of the twine overlapping the right side.
  3. Then, ask her to flip the left side of the twine down and up through the loop, similar to the first step of tying her shoes.
  4. Next, using the same end of the twine used in the last step, help your child pass the end of the twine back through the center loop.
  5. Then, pass the twine up through the bottommost loop. There should be a loop of twine shaped like an upside down “U” sticking out of the top now.
  6. You should see three holes all in a row in your Celtic knot. Using the same end of twine from the last step, help your child weave the twine up through the bottommost hole.
  7. Then, let her weave the end of twine down through the middle hole.
  8. Next, help her weave the end of twine up through the uppermost hole (the top of the upside down “U” shape from step 4).
  9. Finally, help your child pull both ends of twine slightly to tighten the knot up a bit.

Tell your child not to worry if she doesn't succeed on the first try. Simply straighten out the piece of twine and try again.

Updated on Mar 6, 2014
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