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Early Years – Creativity Toolkit


Resources:


• assorted small picture frames with glass removed


• string • strips of fabric, lengths of ribbon, scarves


• coloured plastics, raffia, rope • coloured pipe cleaners, glitter thread, wool


• coloured paper, silver foil, plastic coated wire.


Step 2


We talked about going over and under, over and under – like a wriggly worm.


One girl decided to use a frame and decorate that, wrapping the materials around the edge instead of using the string to weave round.


‘Look it’s a mirror’ she said holding it up to her face and we played some face copying games.


We also explored ways of cutting wobbly string because it is hard to do as it wobbles! Holding it tight between teeth and fingers seemed to work very well.


Some children didn’t want to weave but instead played with the materials imaginatively using them as part of a game.


‘Look, party stuff’


Others really enjoyed the activity as weaving and considered the way it should look.


‘It needs some shiny thing on it doesn’t it’


‘I need some detail. That’s what Mr Maker does. I like Mr Maker.’


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Step 3


When we had finished the small pictures, we took our materials outside and wove on the fence, then later went back inside and wove some more but on a much bigger scale.


First we made a frame from a clothes rail and we stuck sticks onto it, then we found again more materials to weave in and out, getting very excited about using sellotape to wrap around the sticks like the dream catchers that we had seen in an earlier session.


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