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Weaving paper

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Updated: 8/12/2003 12:11 am
Weaving paper is a simple activity many children enjoy mastering. You'll need two sheets of construction paper for this project, and it seems to help if they're different colors. Use a pencil and ruler to lightly draw horizontal lines on one piece and vertical lines on the other. Cut the paper with vertical lines into strips, using the pencil marks as a guideline. Then, on the horizontally-lined sheet, carefully draw a single vertical line one inch from the edge of the paper. Starting from the opposite side of that line, begin cutting along the horizontal lines until you reach the vertical mark. This sheet will be your base. Show the children how to weave the strips through the horizontal slits, starting with the first strip on top of the base, and then alternating the next strip by placing it beneath the base. Once the children have mastered this basic technique, allow them to use three or four colors to complete the weaving. These papers can be laminated and used as place mats for the artists.

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