Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Third Grade Basket Weaving



Our state standardized testing is over for the year, so the kids are returning to some fun projects in their curriculum.  Third graders have a very big unit on the Oklahoma Land Run.  There are several "hands-on" activities sprinkled throughout and yesterday I was able to be a part of one of them, basket-weaving.  We made "Cherokee Single Wall" baskets, and learned that there are still two living native indian basket weavers in the state.  Their baskets are sold and may earn several hundred dollars each.


Encyclopedia of Oklahoma's History & Culture


A group of parents met before hand to get the baskets started.  They form from the bottom up so we got all of the bases started and ready for the children to have a good starting place.


The strips of reeds were soaked in buckets of water so they stayed flexible.


Once the children began their part, all they had to do was weave their long reed under/over/under/over the side spokes of the basket.



As they worked it began to form a bowl shape.





When there was about 3-4 inches of the "spokes" left at the top, 
the children stopped weaving and the instructors folded them over and tucked them in 
to form loops along the edge.



It's amazing how differently they all turned out, even though everyone used the same technique and supplies.  Some were small and really tight, some were large and had a looser weave.  Some had large stripes, some small.  Some sat flat, some didn't :)  
All are beautiful and unique, just like the little hands that made them!





Of course, this one was my favorite.



Playing around with PicMonkey effects...I like it!  (No lack of personality with this one!)






More beautiful handwoven baskets:

Buffalo Valley Residence mediterranean family room


West Elm

Mt. Shadows traditional bedroom



And here's a Cherokee Double Wall basket (remember, we made single wall).  
Notice how the inside colors vary from the outside.


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4 comments:

  1. Love it when combine a fun project with the curriculum! Their baskets are beautiful! Treasure those days helping in class! :)

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  2. How fun! And they all turned out great!

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  3. What a cool school project!! And it IS amazing how different they all are - I love that! That girl of yours is so adorable with her sweet dimples!

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  4. I can't believe they are doing that at your daughter's school! Thats wonderful....your daughter is beautiful by the way :)

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