Apple Weaving: Contrasting Colors Art Lesson
"Over, under, over, under" I say to myself as we worked on our latest art project.
We've done a few weaving projects before and they can be quite tricky to get the hang of... or maybe it's just me! But weaving is a great activity to work on fine motor skills-- and contrasting colors!
As shared in our curriculum plans for my Kindergartener, I mentioned rowing a book very casually. This activity was inspired by the Five in a Row art lesson for the book, How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World. The book suggested talking about contrasting colors, so to keep with our apple theme I set up this activity for my 5-year-old.
Weaving Project for Kids
It helps to have an understanding of the color wheel prior to learning about contrasting colors, so I brought out this awesome color wheel puzzle I picked up from Target a while back.
We began talking about primary colors and secondary colors, and how we can make more colors from those! I mentioned how contrasting/ complimentary colors ''stand out'' from each other. To find contrasting colors, look for colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel:
After a brief overview, we began our contrasting colors apple art project!
From each pair above, cut a large apple like shape and use a paper cutter to make strips of the other color.
Gently fold the apple shape in half and cut slits-- but be sure not to cut the edges.
After everything has been prepped, begin weaving the strips under, over, under, over through the apple.
Cut off excess paper and add a brown stem and green leaf to the apple.
Continue again with the other colors.