Summer seems like a distant memory and autumn is now around the corner…the perfect excuse to go on muddy walks and gather natural treasures (and it’s FREE!)
Here’s a really fun activity to create with the kids: it keeps them occupied and interested far longer than anything else and also boosts their fine motor and decision-making skills.
So keep your eye peeled for forked sticks on your walks from now on and start weaving!
What you’ll need
- Forked Stick (branch shaped in a Y shape)
- Wool (For ‘little fingers’ use bigger sticks and thicker wool as this speeds up the weaving process)
- Large blunt needle
How to make it
- Start by tying the string tightly around the base of the ‘Y’ then zig zag the string upwards around the fork of the ‘Y’. It is very important to anchor each side by wrapping the string around a few times at each point. This will ensure your loom has good tension. (Alternatively you can prepare the stick fro your children by making small cuts with a knife along each branch of the ‘Y’ stick. Make the same number of cuts on each side. They should be roughly the same distance apart and not too close together.)
- Once you reach the top of your stick, tie the string off on one of the branches of the ‘Y’ with a few knots. Make sure the string is nice and tight… if it looks saggy, start again but beware of pulling too tightly as the stick may break!)
- Your loom is now ready to weave!
- Thread the needle with a decent sized length of your chosen colour wool.
- Push the needle through from the back, just below the very first piece of string on the base of the ‘Y’ and start weaving over and under, over and under. When you reach the top, loop over and go back in the opposite direction. (For a simple strip pattern, start by weaving up the center. Weave four lines then split them in half, pushing them to either side so that the loom sits well).
- Make sure that the loose end hangs down from the designated back of the weaving. These loose ends will eventually be tied off when the weaving is finished.
- Start adding other colours, always starting from the bottom, tying all the ends together at a designated back
- When the weaving is complete, tie any loose ends together at the back and trim off
Warning: These make the coolest magic wands and are very hard to put down!