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Jumaat, Mac 11, 2011

Weave a Strawberry Basket

A tisket, a tasket; want to weave a basket? Using an old strawberry basket, show your child how to make a pretty basket with a handle—a great way to celebrate Little Red Riding Hood. Weaving ribbons through the holes is good for hand-eye coordination and patience. She can use pastels to make this into a darling Easter or spring-themed basket, or simply track down ribbons in her favorite colors.

What You Need:

  • A plastic strawberry basket
  • Thin ribbon (such as gift wrap ribbon) in pretty colors
  • A pipe cleaner
  • Beads

What You Do:

  1. Have your child thread the ribbons through the holes in the basket. There’s no need to tie them. It’s painstaking work, but great practice in developing fine motor skills.
  2. Invite her to string the beads on the pipe cleaner, leaving at least an inch free at each end.
  3. Twist the pipe cleaner into a curved handle with the beads at the top.
  4. Loop one end of the pipe cleaner through one side of the basket and twist closed.
  5. Have her repeat the same techniques on the other side.

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