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Paper Kente Weaving

Here’s a craft that teaches the kids how to weave and also serves as a teaching tool for understanding and appreciating the diversity of others around them.


Black Crayola Markers
Elmer's Washable School Glue Stick
Trait-tex Yarn Needle 3", Extra-Large Eye 
Pepperell Jumbo Roving Yarn Orange
Hygloss Weaving Strips 


Step 1: Start off with one horizontal and 13 vertical weaving strips. With glue stick, glue each vertical strip to the horizontal strip across the top. The horizontal strip can either be woven through the vertical strips or glued straight (which is easier for younger children).

Step 2: Choose 15 more weaving strips. Weave these strips horizontally through the vertical strips, starting from the top and finishing at the bottom. Trim the ends of the horizontal strips flush with the vertical strips.

Step 3: Use black markers to create Kente design accents on the weaving and fringe.

Step 4: Use a yarn needle to add texture by weaving yarn accents into the Kente Project.

This craft is reprinted courtesy of United Art & Education where you can also purchase supplies for this craft.

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African Crafts, Early Elementary Craft, Kwanzaa Crafts, Weaving Crafts

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