The 2nd and 3rd Graders will be learning a Japanese Kumihimo braided weave and the older students will be learning to weave on a cardboard loom. I love to introduce weaving the week before Christmas so that students can take their weaving home for the long break and continue to work if they want to. Sometimes these can make great car ride or snowy day activities.
Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Kumi himo is Japanese for "gathered threads". Ancient samurai warriors used to decorate their armor and sometimes hold it together using kumihimo cords.
See the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RNbFjvZycs
Written instructions http://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/tutorials/c647
Weaving is acknowledged as one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world. The tradition of weaving traces back to Neolithic times – approximately 12,000 years ago. Even before the actual process of weaving was discovered, the basic principle of weaving was applied to interlace branches and twigs to create fences, shelters and baskets for protection.
Weaving on a Cardboard loom
Written Instructions http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-weave-on-a-cardboard-loom/
See the video https://youtu.be/vGSZNSB0SSA