5/04/2011

God's eye or Ojo de Dios Craft for Kids

Okay, so this isn't an "original" Classified: Mom Craft- but it is still fun and educational to share! I usually taught this to my first grade class when I taught art. I even taught it to a group of educators when I presented at an educational conference where I held a seminar about Religion and art (fascinating topic by the way). They had a blast creating one!
 God's eye or Ojo de Dios Kid's Craft


A Little History..........."The Ojo de Dios, or God's Eye, is a simple or complex weaving made across two or more sticks and is thought to have originated with the Huichol Indians of Jalisco, Mexico. The Huichol call their God's eyes, Sikuli, which means "the power to see and understand things unknown." When a child is born, the central eye is woven by the father, then one eye is added for every year of the child's life until the child reaches the age of five. Original Huichol Crosses are extremely rare to come by. There are many that are being made for the tourist market, but they do not carry the same traditional and spiritual significance." Click Here for source.

Classified: Extremely Easy and is great for the 5 and up group. An adult may need to stay close in case extra help is needed.

What You Need:
2 sticks
Yarn
Glue
Optional: Marker


What to do:
Preparation: I liked to glue the two sticks (in this case Popsicle sticks) together when I worked with younger children. It is not necessarily needed.

1. Tie the starting yarn off in the center where the two sticks meet and twist it around the center three times each way.

2. I find that numbering each stick 1-4 takes away some confusion.

So, starting at number 1 wrap the yarn completely around the stick. Then move on to number 2 and do the same. Follow all the way through into number 4. I would tell my class "loop around numer 1 then cross to number two. Lopp around number two and then cross over to number three" and so on and so forth. Repeat. Encourage your child/student to change colors.

4. To change to a different color, simply start wrapping the new yarn color around the last post- right over the last strand. The new thread will eventually hold the last color into place. Continue with the above directions, trying to wrap the end of the previous color into the new one.
5. Repeat as needed.
5 Year Old's God's eye craft

6. To hang- wherever the yarn landed last, tie it around that post into a knot and then loop. If needed, tie an additional piece of yarn to loop. I usually had to help my younger students with this.

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