Have you ever used a weaving tool to relax?
Weaving takes you to an incredible dream-like state when your gaze is fixed, your breathing slow and the only part of your body that’s moving is your fingertips.
I worry that many children don’t get the opportunity to feel the ‘pause’ that weaving delivers to your mind. Not unless it’s encouraged. It’s exactly what many children do need and the perfect mediation activity for children who should slow down but don’t particularly like to sit still.
Luckily, there are plenty of simple weaving tools that can help promote rest and relaxation in your home. Below you’ll find some that you can make yourself and others that are ready to go.
What are the benefits of weaving?
Weaving doesn’t just provide quiet contemplation, it also builds:
- Hand/eye coordination
- Fine motor skills
- Aids visual tracking
- Strengthens the muscles used in pincer grip
- Spatial concepts by weaving over and under
Do it yourself weaving tools
Weaving tools don’t need to be expensive. Here are some beautiful options you can make yourself. Most only require a few materials and some basic power tool knowledge.
Backyard Weaving Frame
Learn how to promote mindfulness and calm in your home with this simple backyard nature weaving frame. Your kids will love it, and so will you!
Mini Weaving wood slices
DIY nature weaving wood slices. A perfect tool to get your children enjoying a fun, tactile nature play activity and build fine motor skill development. These are perfect for little hands!
Wooden Weaving Photo Frame
Who would have thought an old photo frame would make the perfect weaving tool. Find the right frame and grab a few tools and you’ll have kids weaving in no time!
Ready-made weaving tools
Don’t have the time or power tool knowledge to make your own? Here are a few that are ready to go.
Beautiful Weaving Loom
A perfect loom for little ones. Weave grass and vines and then add leaves, flowers and sticks! I love the finish of this one!
Bamboo Weaving Tools
These bamboo weaving tools are stunning. Use a mix of natural materials, like natural fibres and nature together. Can’t you just imagine what you and your children will create?!
Nature Weaving Clamp
This isn’t quite a weaving loom but it’s the perfect tool to weave nature in a different way. Use natural fibres, grass and vines to build gorgeous straps and friendship bands. Kids will LOVE this!
There are so many gorgeous weaving tools to discover.
You don’t need to stick with just one type. Keep it fresh by having a couple of different varieties. The kids will love using their fingers to problem solve and manipulate the materials through the tools and it will let their mind rest at the same time.
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Once upon a time when my boys were toddlers I had a weaving shop & studio on our farm. They had all kinds of rich, tactile experiences with wood & yarns off all kinds. They wove with sticks and leaves, flowers and pods and ribbons too. What ever they could find or see around them. You’re spot on when you state that weaving gives the mind a rest….and it can for anyone.. who is open to the experience. I want to go weave right now!