We are celebrating Thanksgiving with friends this year, but are doing a family Thanksgiving the next day at home. Back in my teaching days, we always had the kids make woven paper pattern placemats for Thanksgiving. I had totally forgotten about that until this week when I saw that my daughter’s preschool class was making placemats. I thought it would be great to make these with the kids at home because it reinforces fine motor skills while creating a beautiful pattern. It’s super easy to make and only requires a few things you probably already have. Be sure to check out these Free Kindergarten Worksheets for Thanksgiving.
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You will need:
- 9 x 12 Construction paper in Fall colors.
Next, you will cut some strips out of the remaining colors of construction paper. Try to get these strips roughly the same size as the lines you cut on the larger piece of construction paper. It doesn’t need to be exact though, so you can just eyeball it. You will want to make sure you don’t cut any strips in the same color as your mat will be. We used 9 x 12 construction paper and found that 6 strips were enough to weave the entire paper.