Kente Cloth Weaving Game
Need a February bulletin board that shows student exploration into African art and culture? Make a beautiful kente cloth weaving display in the hallway by your door for Black History Month. You will be the talk of the school! This cultural art lesson is perfect for social studies and art teachers wanting to learn how to make a paper weaving. Step-by-step picture directions and the included PowerPoint presentation with close-up, detailed photos will guide your students from start to finish.
Going to be absent and need a last minute art history lesson for the substitute? Or are you searching for fun, supplemental resources for art? Fill up your art sub plan folder with low-prep, creative art projects. Once your students know how to play the game, they’re easy to leave with a sub! Create a small sub tub in your room with copies of the game in a labeled folder inside the tub along with some dice. The lesson is structured in a way that students can do the reading and practice drawing in one lesson, and the actual project when you return the following week.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This art game makes for the best and most productive early finisher activity for your students. You can set up a choice-based art center where students select an activity amongst different ones. Print out the game board and directions back to back, file them in labeled folders, and let them pick what they’d like to create.
Looking for a differentiated art lesson that boosts independent thinking, problem-solving, and skill-acquisition? This art lesson will do the trick. Despite students selecting designs from the same game board, the outcome of each project is unique to the creator.
You will create a kente cloth weaving by rolling the die and collecting the different parts required to put it together.
- First, follow the directions on how to create a paper weaving.
- Next roll the die to pick a design from the first column.
- Using permanent markers, draw the design in the corresponding spots located on the chart. Depending on the design, you may need to use fine or extra fine permanent marker.
- Roll the the die four more times, drawing each design in the correct spots on the chart.
- To make the bottom fringe, take a scrap piece of paper and make a series of cuts along the bottom edge close together.
- Glue it to the bottom backside.
And that’s how you create this kente cloth weaving!
I’ve included three ways students can generate their design. The first is the game board where students roll the die to select their parts. The second is a “you pick” board. Both of these are printables. And lastly, for teachers needing engaging lessons during distance learning, I’ve added digital spinner wheels!
First, print out the kente cloth weaving game and picture directions back-to-back. Then give your students dice and watch them have fun creating their own art project independently. If you have access to a smartboard or projector, use the accompanying PowerPoint presentation. It will guide the students during each part of the art project.
Once completed, have students use the self-assessment rubrics to evaluate their artwork based on craftsmanship, creativity, following directions, work habits, project goals, and clean up. And then have them complete the “Big Ideas” sheet so they can connect the creation process to their learning.
If you are substituting or need a fast finisher activity, use the included coloring page.
- 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade
Main Learning Objective
- Students will be able to create a kente cloth paper weaving using traditional, symbolic kente colors and designs.
- Construction Paper
- Fine and Extra Fine Permanent Marker
- Glue Stick
You Will Receive
- 14-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Kente Cloth Weaving Game)
- 11-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- History of Kente Cloth Information Handout
- Paper Weaving Handout
- Design Layout Chart
- Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
- Artist “Big Ideas” Reflection Sheets
- 8, “I CAN” Statements Aligned to the Studio Habits of Mind
- Practice Drawing Page
- Coloring Page
- Paperless Google Drive digital resource for students (also for use in Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Seesaw, Microsoft OneDrive, Teams, and anywhere else you can share a link to a file…link on the bottom of page 2)
- Digital Spinner Wheels in Google Slides and YouTube (links on the bottom of page 3)
Very thorough resource! I used this with my first grade class and they turned out terrific! – Alyson G.
Loved the PowerPoint that came with the purchase. Helped the kids visually understand how to make the project. We loved our end results! – Krystin H.
Students loved creating their Kente cloth weaving. Directions were easy to follow. Student work came out great. – Melissa T.