The timing is perfect to introduce one of my favorite art activities… Kumihimo weaving! You can call them friendship bracelets 😉
Students in grades 2-5 made small looms and started their own bracelets. The weaving is fun, relaxing and absolutely more fun than a fidget spinner! In fact, some creative friends in Ms. Leigh’s class named them “Friend-get Spinners”! Isn’t that a great name?!
The looms are super easy to make. We’ve been using scrap cardboard and cereal boxes (thanks for sending in those donated items)!
Cut the scraps into a square:
Poke a small hole in the middle (ask an adult for help with this step):
Cut the 4 corners off to make an octagon:
Draw 4 short lines. We used compass vocabulary (I see you, Social Studies SOLs!!) Draw a line at North, South, East and West:
Draw 4 more lines at Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and Southeast:
Cut each of the lines:
… and your loom is finished. Here are great directions for getting started with your bracelet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=595xAvXMp0Q
Once you start, it’s hard to stop! Here’s Ms. Kouri’s class lined up and ready to leave the art room:
Our new art room rule is, “watch where you’re weaving”!
While we’re talking about fidget spinners I thought I’d also share these fun directions for making a LEGO fidget spinner and a neat LEGO fidget cube. Better yet, invent your own way of making a fidget spinner or cube!
Students in kindergarten made this funny big mouth fish after reading the book “Swimmy” by Leo Lionni. They couldn’t stop laughing!
First grade artists made wacky big mouth ladybugs inspired by Eric Carle’s book “The Grouch Ladybug“!
#HCPSArtFriends Poscard Swap
Finally, I am excited to send off these awesome 5th grade postcards for the first ever Henrico County Public Schools art swap! Students in 7 area schools made art postcards with happy messages. You can follow our art swap online by searching #HCPSArtFriends 🙂