The Friendly Loom: A Chance for Collaborative Art
Are you looking for something new to add to your classroom that…
- Will serve as an engaging content-rich free time activity?
- Requires very little maintenance or material?
- Can be used by students across several grade levels?
- Will produce a breathtaking piece of collaborative art?
If so, you should consider purchasing the Friendly Loom. Although it requires an initial investment of around $275, this piece of art room “furniture” serves so many purposes, I can’t imagine teaching without it. Once this simple, large-scale loom is set up it can be used as part of a weaving lesson, a reward for good behavior, an activity for fast finishers, or even a fine-arts night family interaction project.
I have used it in all of these ways in my classroom, and we all love it! It stores flat up against a wall, and when I want to use it I can simply pull it out with my tub of yarn and a few pairs of scissors. Up to eight students can work on it at a time, and once the whole thing is finished (we are trying to do one a year) you are left with a beautiful tapestry suitable for hanging in the school office or hallway. Consider the Friendly Loom for your classroom!
What kinds of multi-purpose equipment do you use?
How do you fund larger purchases like this?