What to do with this activity?
Watch the video above which shows you how to make a very simple cardboard loom and do some weaving. The video is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Weaving is a very ancient skill - about 12,000 years old. Before weaving, humans wore the skins of animals. Once weaving was invented, cloth and clothing could be made in a new way. Show your child a cloth that has been woven - one that has threads in two different directions - a warp and a weft. A lot of clothing, like T-shirts, are knitted rather than woven.
For some extra inspiration, and to find out how to turn your child's weaving into a mini wall hanging, have a look at Childhood 101 here. Instead of weaving a regular under one then over one pattern, try a different regular pattern and see how it turns out. It might involve a bit of counting. For instance, try going under one, then over two and repeat.
Why am I doing this?
Children learn numbers and maths in a natural way through play and everyday activities. It’s different to school and should always be fun and practical – that way your child will enjoy working with numbers.
Your child also develops a sense of patterns and what time means in everyday life. This is important for helping your child to manage everyday activities – going places, how long they have to wait and understanding when things will happen in the future.
How can I do more?
Talking about numbers helps your child’s fluency in counting, estimating and understanding numbers and money in everyday life. It takes time for children to understand addition and subtraction so use objects when helping them understand this or when doing their homework.
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