Weaving Curriculum in Switzerland Kindergarten

The classroom I visited in Switzerland was a multi-age classroom.  There was a completion project before going on to first grade – a circular weaving made into a turtle.  This circular weaving was the shell of a felt turtle.

I noticed that the teacher provided several opportunities for weaving and circular weaving.  I loved this huge weaving in progress behind the block area:

There was this great idea for a large weaving space on a wall made with chicken wire.  I have made this for my classes before and they loved it!
Detail of chicken wire loom.
These are the circular looms in progress in the kindergarten for their turtles.
This is a graduating kindergartener sewing his circular weaving to the felt turtle form.  It was then stuffed.

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  1. Lisa says:

    Hi Sally,
    Your blog is an inspiration, so many great ideas. This circular weaving is really interesting, it reminds me of huichal yarn painting. especially the one in the chicken wire. If you google huichol yarn painting under images, there are lots.

  2. Eau de Lune says:

    Hello Sally
    I really love your blog ! Thank you for it. I’m mother of two young girl of 6 yo, homeschooled, and i’m introducing Waldorf Steiner’s pedagogy since a few months ; it’s so beautiful ! Your blog is an amazing source of inspiration.
    I love this circle looms and try it soon 🙂

    Monique, from Brittany in France 🙂

  3. Lisa, I looked up huichal yarn painting. I have seen this many times but have not known what it was called. Thank you for sharing this!

    Monique, thank for your support. It is so rewarding to know it provides something for others!

  4. Eau de Lune says:

    Yes Sally ! I can tell you that we are a small group of french mama which see and read your blog. It’s so difficult here to have informations and especially for kindergarten.

  5. Tan Family says:

    Chicken wire looms! Fantastic idea. Such inspiration. 🙂

  6. How cool! Will have to try making these when we talk about turtles in the Spring. Will link back to you when we do…thanks for sharing. Love your blog!

  7. I love the chicken wire loom. I’m about to build one and it looks amazing. Thanks so much for posting this!

  8. When I saw this idea in Switzerland – I was so amazed. It is so simple and yet so powerful!! The best ideas are that way! So tickled you are making one Barb!

  9. Cindy Moore says:

    Can you tell me how the small chiclen wire looms were made? What is outside circle. Thank you/

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