Ribbons of various colors and patterns weave beautiful designs on looms.
Ribbon comes in a variety of textures, colors and patterns. It provides a unique sensory experience through touch, sight and sound. With natural wooden looms, the experience also adds a practice review of an important fine-motor skill that also aides in visual tracking, eye-hand coordination, crossing the midline, math and spacial concepts. My scholars were taught loom weaving, earlier in the school year.
Collecting ribbons from themes and holidays can make a enjoyable variety.
I'm constantly purchasing spools of ribbon from clearance sections. Holiday clearance has some of the most decorative and fun ribbon designs. Dollar stores also sell spools of ribbon that work well for any ribbon project. When cutting ribbon for projects where it will be handled frequently, I recommend cutting the ends with pinking shears. It helps keep the ribbons from fraying. The looms are approximately 8"x12" and are assembled from hardwood 1"x1"s, with wood glue and screws. It's important to use a string or twine that doesn't stretch. Young children tend to pull and stretch strings quite a bit and loose strings can make loom weaving more difficult. I use Mason Line in many of my projects that require string. Mason Line doesn't stretch and can be cleaned easily.
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