Open-ended Activity - Weaving an Outdoor Structure with Ribbons & Sticks

Following Minnie’s interest in weaving & threading we thought we'd have a go at weaving an outdoor sculpture in the garden.

Minnie wanted to make a rocket... here’s how we got on.

Our tools for this activity were recycled ribbons & some thin pliable sticks
Minnie helped to push the sticks into the ground to create a (rather abstract)  'rocket' shape.

Then she started to weave the rainbow ribbons in & out of the sticks

She clearly loved weaving the ribbons around the structure & soon she was inside her 'rocket' dancing around the colourful ribbons. 

Soon it was ready for countdown!  '5, 4, 3, 2, 1...' 
I love how she covered her ears as her rocket blasted off'.

Minnie's rocket whooshed to the moon several times during the morning! She had great fun playing in & around the sculpture with her toys, & made a small rocket for her favourite teddy bear too.

The day before Minnie had been reading 'Whatever Next!' by Jill Murphy so I'm guessing this may have had an influence on her play this morning. ;-)

By the end of the morning the wind had blown most of Minnie's weaving from the wooden frame, but we thought the remaining ribbons looked so pretty blowing in the breeze.

We're looking forward to more of Minnie's creations adorning out little garden soon.

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  1. I love the rocket! I tumbled you, and linked you up to my outdoor classroom inspiration page:


  2. Thanks Amy & thanks too for linking us up to your outdoor classroom inspiration page :) Just had another look & there are some fab ideas on there!

  3. You've been nominated for the Best in Show award on my blog this week! Be sure to stop by to vote :)

  4. Wow Danni thank you so much! You've made my day! :) :) :)

  5. This is awesome! I would love if you would link it up to my Made by Little Hands Monday Linky party!
    Thanks so much!

  6. ooooh so awesome! You have my head ticking over with ideas of where and what we can weave outside!

  7. What fun! I wonder if you could use the clothes line to make a may pole and weave ribbons round it?

  8. I love this! And I love how child-centered the creation is; that it all started with Millie's idea to create a rocket. Absolutely beautiful!

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  10. Gotta agree with the love on this one. I can't wait to try it out at home!

  11. So pretty!!! I bet the kids loved this!

    Thanks for sharing this at For the Kids Friday at SunScholars! I will be posting the next party tonight. I hope to have you linking up again this week!

    :)rachel @

  12. Very simple & cheap so another to go down well in class!