Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Why Didn't I Think Of This Sooner?

Sometimes the smallest little tweak to something can make everything easier, you know?  And here's my tweak for paper weaving:

Amazing, isn't it?  I know, I know, it looks like I just wrote their names on their papers before they got there in the corner.  And that's what I did.  It's just that, next I have them use two crayons: a red (or reddish) and a green (or greenish).

See the beauty of it?  They use the red crayon to draw a line under their name (after folding their papers in half) . . . 

-and the green crayon to draw their lines!  Now it's just like driving a car, cutting (driving) on green, stopping on red! No more checking every single paper before they cut, replacing papers when they cut the edge rather than the middle!  It totally works!!! Why didn't I think of this years ago?!
After Christmas break we'll finish this adorable little project that I got from the ladies at St. Paul's Episcopal Day School (thanks Cheryl for letting me tour) and I'll post some pictures.  The whole writing-their-names-and-using-red-and-green-crayons part just made the weaving part go so much smoother.  And a smoother lesson does make for a happier art teacher.


  1. Red for stop, green for go....brilliant!!! Thanks for sharing with all the rest of us who are scratching our heads and saying "why didn't I think of that?"!!!!!

  2. Thanks! It was one of those on-the-fly things that really works!


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