One of my favourite projects!! It takes forever to complete but a great project for the last couple of months of school. It forces the kids to concentrate and really take their time.
I posted all the detailed steps previously HERE.
I teach this to my mixed grade class of grades 4 - 6. It's definitely super tricky for many of the grade 4's, especially the boys who struggle more with knotting and fine motor skills. So spend some time teaching how to tie knots.
I found the lesson in this book: Kid Style Nature Crafts: 50 Terrific Things to Make With Nature's Materials.
I bought this book about 20 years ago!
The toughest part of this project is finding an appropriate branch. It needs to be sturdy and have a good fork in it. No floppy or overly flexibly branches! We have a wooded park near my school so I take my classes there and we go hunting for branches on the ground (dried, not fresh branches are the best). I also encourage kids to bring them from home. It takes a long time to fine the perfect branch so don't leave this until the last minute!
We weave these using plastic needles- they're perfect for this.
I store my yarn according to colours in plastic bags.
Some finished twigs: