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Newspaper weaving


Newspaper weaving

What to do with this activity?

This is a great way of using old newspapers to weave impressive baskets and bowls. You roll strips of newspaper so that they make long flexible tubes that can be woven like cane.  

Try making this basket from The Original Thread website. Show your child how to measure and cut evenly sized newspaper strips. It's great practice with numbers.

These baskets and bowls from Instructables.com are a little more complicated, but will give you ideas.  


  • Why am I doing this?

    Everyday activities, like shopping and taking journeys provide a great opportunity for your child to practise maths skills by recognising patterns, counting out amounts, working out the best value, weighing and understanding money or understanding timetables and estimating your time of arrival!

  • How can I do more?

    Estimating is a very useful maths skill for everyday life – helping you decide if you have enough money to pay for a number of items or enough paint to paint a room. Encourage your child to estimate, for example, how many potatoes you will need for dinner or how much money to buy the shopping.

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