Develop motor skills by weaving a traditional cross or colorful fish.
Support youngsters with fun lacing and weaving projects to develop fine motor skills. Painting and cutting activities promote motor skills and reinforce movement concepts in the classroom. Use ribbons and lace for weaving to expose students to multiple textures and patterns. Development of fine motor skills will enable students to gain competency in drawing and writing. Consider reading a short story about the Cross or Fish to introduce the art activity.
Using religious icons and weaving strips, students develop fine motor skills as they create colorful woven art.
Supplies Used: Cardstock, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Paint, Ribbon, Scissors, Sponges
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
Creating the Weaving Cross:
1.Die-cut the XL Weaving Cross and XL Weaving Strips in multiple colors of cardstock or construction paper.
2.Use the straight Strips to create a criss-cross pattern (Figure A).
3.Trim the excess Strips to fit the border of the Cross.
Creating the Fish, Weaving:
4.Die-cut the XL Weaving Fish and XL Weaving Strips in multiple colors of cardstock or construction paper.
5.Brightly sponge paint colorful shapes onto the Fish for a fun visual effect (Figure B).
6.Students may choose to embellish the Fish with crayons or colored pencils.
7.Use the wavy Strips to create a wave-like pattern (Figure C).
8.Trim the excess Strips to fit the border of the Fish.
Display these skillfully created projects in the classroom or share as gifts for relatives and friends (see Main Photo).
Fine Arts: Visual Arts
Standard 1: Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques and Processes
Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas
Physical Education: Movement Forms
K-12 Standard 1: Develop physically educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.
Reprinted from Moving into the Future, National Standards for Physical Education, 2nd Edition, with permission from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1599.
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