Pumpkin Paper Weaving Craft

We made a funny little pumpkin paper craft today! I'd love to share it with you. It is a simple, one page prep and you will also need:

- crayons or pencils
- scissors
- glue
- black paper scrap strips

Prior to your craft session, cut slits in the pumpkin along the lines provided.

Assist your students in weaving the paper strips through the slits you have prepared - over under, over, under..

I prefer to teach children to do all the weaving first and then secure the ends, however you may prefer to do the alternative of securing and trimming the edges after each row. 

Certainly for 'new weavers' securing each piece may help ease the frustration levels that often accompany weaving. 

And voila! Funny toothy little pumpkin friend! 

Although paper weaving can be something that requires extra help {and patience} in the early years classroom, I cannot emphasise enough how important the 'over, under, over, under, over, under....' pattern and skill can help many other areas of their development - {so scientific proof, I've just observed it}. 

Give your little learners plenty of opportunity to develop this skill - it is also a perfect opportunity to also develop positive growth mindset habits. Children will often tell themselves it is 'too hard'. Keep telling them they can do it! The smile on their face when the skill finally kicks in, will be worth all the teeth clenching patience!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a lovely weekend. 

Find the pumpkin template in google drive, HERE

- Mel x