Unforgotten

Unforgotten

Start watching
In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

Start watching
Professor T

Professor T (UK)

Start watching
SoCal Update

SoCal Update

Start watching
The Latino Experience

The Latino Experience

Start watching
Us

Us

Start watching
PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour

Start watching
Halifax: Retribution

Halifax: Retribution

Start watching
Midsomer Murders

Midsomer Murders

Start watching
X5ZQAor-show-poster2x3-OqYWNwS.jpg

Atlantic Crossing

Start watching
gc2Zpzc-show-poster2x3-le96lbT.jpg

Life at the Waterhole

Start watching
NOVA

NOVA

Start watching
cYWAg84-show-poster2x3-LpD4fIm.jpg

Finding Your Roots

Start watching
Antiques Roadshow

Antiques Roadshow

Start watching
Artbound

Artbound

Start watching
Membership Card
Support PBS SoCal by becoming a member today.
Other Ways to Give Card
Learn about the many ways to support PBS SoCal.
Connect with Our Team Card
Contact our Leadership, Advancement, Membership and Special Events teams.

Family Math Activity: Make Patterns by Weaving on Fences and Hampers

Pieces of red and yellow paper are woven in a pattern on a fence.
Who ever thought a fence would make such a great improvised loom?! | Yesenia Prieto
In this activity, you and your child will use fences and hampers to weave and practice making patterns.
Support Provided By

Esta actividad también está disponible en español.

Transform everyday objects into fun, simple math activities. Create patterns by weaving using surfaces around your house.

Materials

Two pieces of streamer paper, one yellow and the other red.
Streamer paper is great for weaving. | Yesenia Prieto

Use a plastic hamper or basket with slots wide enough to insert fabric. You can use a hamper you already have at home or purchase one from a dollar store. Alternatively, you can use garden netting or a chain-link fence and create a pattern weaving project outside! You will also need streamers, paper, or fabric that can fit in, around and under the spaces of the hamper, netting or fence.

Exploring Patterns

First, let your child explore the weaving materials, colors and textures. Next, ask your child to try out making distinct patterns by laying out the materials in different combinations on a clean surface. Make a color pattern like red, yellow, red, yellow. Ask your child what comes next in the pattern. Next, try a pattern with materials like streamer, paper, paper, streamer, paper, paper.

Weaving

A piece of red streamer paper is woven through a fence.
Even the action of weaving itself is a pattern. | Yesenia Prieto

After exploring the materials, show your child how to weave by putting one piece of material through the hamper/fence and pulling it over and under through the gaps. Talk to your child as you weave, using the words "over" and "under" to show your weaving pattern. Now invite your child to try! What repeating patterns can your child make with the materials? What repeating patterns can your child make with weaving movements? Talk as you weave together about the choices and patterns you make and have fun!

Support Provided By

Related Workshop

This activity is part of our Patterns workshop, which helps parents and caregivers playfully build children's ability to recognize, complete and create patterns.