Kids Kit (makes one)
or Camp Kit (makes 20)
or Classroom Kit (makes 30)
4th graders on up really flip for this
I'll usually woven it in two class sessions, 45 minutes each. During
that amount of time, even with everyone working at their own speed,
everyone will finish the basket.
If you've never woven baskets with kids,
Weaving with Kids
Tell them about
Show them different kinds of baskets.
here to see VARIATIONS for weaving Kids Camp Classroom Baskets!
Be sure to review the sample topics integrating
basket weaving with CORE
If you want to try some basket weaving with
pre-school or Kindergarten, try the
method. There are directions and photos on the
In addition to curriculum studies, this project
is also a great gift project for Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc.
If your students have never woven a
basket, start off with a Kids Kit, as shown for the Elementary
students. They'll be impressed and get a lot of satisfaction out of
If they have woven baskets,
you can try any of the above baskets.
Plan on a one week unit.
For their first project, everyone should weave the same basket technique. That
doesn't mean the baskets will all be alike; they'll be as unique as
Also insist that they prepare all of their supplies ahead of the
weaving: that is, cutting the spokes.
Since it's "all about me" in
Middle School, you might have the students embellish the baskets as
self-portrait baskets- decorated with color and texture to signify
what they're all about. Yarn, raffia, pictures, beads, etc.
Challenge: How can my basket reflect my
For High School, we suggest a two or three
Order an assortment of 1/2" flat, 1/4" flat,
some dyes, some #4 round reed, handles etc. Look over the
Kits page to
see what kinds you like and what kind of materials they use. We'll be
happy to give you some free patterns with your Purchase Order- just
tell us which ones. Or, take a look at our
Do a one class demo of basic structures
and then let 'em loose with the patterns and supplies.
Or, how about a Basket Challenge?
Teachers Choice: based on a theme, or a material (baskets made of
recycled materials??), you name it!
Senior Citizen Physical Therapy
I've been told by Senior Citizen
basket weaving students that the weaving has shown a positive effect
on their ability to maintain manual dexterity, and also as a means of
warding off the stiffness of arthritis. Persons with even major sight
impairment can weave baskets.
Mentally, basket weaving can also help to keep senses sharp in the
same way that puzzle-making, crossword puzzles and balancing the
checkbook without a calculator all require more active brain
manipulation than the passive use of calculators. With basket weaving,
measurements are taken as supplies are cut; decisions are made as the
weaving progresses, and most of all, a deep sense of satisfaction
comes with the finished basketry! I also think that the relatively
short amount of time that's required to weave a basket is a good
incentive for introducing this craft. Good, clean, fun!
National Visual Arts Standards
from National Art Education Association
Grades K -4
Grades 5 - 8
Grades 9 -12
Most American school systems now require alignment with the
National Visual Arts Standards. Follow the links above to a complete
list of each grade span with the numbers and letters for your lesson
Basket Weaving can be relate to most all of the Content Standards.
We suggest: write or print the entire list for your
teaching level in the lesson plan book.
Then use the appropriate number and letter in the lesson plan blocks
to cross reference the Content and Achievement Standard.
For example, if for Grade 4 Art, you list "1.a." in your
plan book block
as one of the Content/ Achievement keys, it will refer to:
1. Content Standard: Understanding and applying media,
techniques and processes.
Achievement Standard: Students a.
know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
GRADE LEVELS will benefit from the correlation of basket weaving
to cultural, social studies, math, science and history in the CORE
A few topics:
Colonial American history and use
pioneer arts crossing the prairie
Central American fiber arts
elementary debate: Is basketry
Art or Function?
math patterns in basketry
basketry as structural techniques
Native American use of local
trees and plants for basket weaving
basketry as container design
basketry's role in the exchange
of ideas between countries during the China trade years
the role of basketry in -------
a creative writing project with a
basket theme, etc.
poetry- a haiku poem about a
language arts- alliteration,
synonyms, adjectives, etc.
sing a song about a basket
play a game that involves the use
of a basket, or design a game that uses a basket
The list is practically
endless since basketry and fiber arts are prominent in all
history and cultures. You could easily have a BASKET DAY in your
classroom, with everything you do related to the humble art of