Gretchen's art day with 6 year olds.
The children prepared a small piece of paper to etch into, by covering it in oil pastel, then black paint. I've found that if they draw a border before colouring, and only paint up to the line, it stops them getting paint all over the table. They practiced drawing their chosen insect while the paint dried in the sun.
I prepare one A4 patterned piece of paper and about 6 strips of patterned paper for each child.
They turned the large piece over and ruled a line across the top (a ruler width down).
Perpendicular to that line, they ruled lines to the bottom, a ruler width apart.
They cut up the perpendicular lines, stopping at the horizontal line each time. This created their warps. They wove their wefts (cut strips) under and over, creating a mat for their insect.
They put a little dab of PVA under the ends so they would stay in place.
They scratched their insect into the black paint with a kebab stick. They were cut out and stuck on a yellow page. They cut it out again and placed their insect on the mat.