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Alternate Activity 1: Jointly Weave a Blanket
Activity time: 25 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Polar fleece fabric cut into strips:
- 15 strips approximately 4x72 inches
- 18 strips approximately 4x60 inches
Preparation for Activity
- Purchase polar fleece or (less expensive) old blankets or flannel sheets from a thrift store. It is best to use at least two colors.
- Find a clean, open floor space at least 10 feet square for the group to weave together.
Description of Activity
The group members work cooperatively and help one another to make a very large weaving project.
Lead the children to lay all the longer strips flat on the floor, evenly spaced with a couple of inches between strips. This task will be simplest if one participant takes the top edge of a strip and another participant takes the bottom edge and together they lay the strip flat in the desired position.
Then, begin weaving. Weave the first shorter strip under the first long strip and over the second, etc. Weave the second shorter strip right next to the first, this time over the first long one and under the second.
Make the weaving tight enough that there are no gaps, but not so tight that the blanket bunches up. Leave at least four inches of unwoven strip on all sides, so you can tie off the blanket when it is done. Multiple people will need to hold the weaving in place as one or two participants weave each strip of fabric.
Continue until all the strips are woven.
Then, adjust the weaving so the blanket lies flat and there are no gaps. Finish the blanket by tying pairs of strips together around the edges.
While weaving together, or after you are done, lead reflection:
- How easy or difficult would it be for one person to do this project without help? Why?
- Is it hard to communicate with others and agree on exactly how a joint project should be done?
- What will you do with the blanket once it is completed? Is there a person or organization you might help by giving them the blanket?
Including All Participants
Participants with limited mobility or dexterity can hold the weaving in place while others manipulate the strips.