How to make a Moses basket out of paper

Updated November 21, 2016

Crafts are an excellent way to teach children about a broad range of concepts. Whether you are a teacher or a parent, crafts help engage kids in a task that is hands-on to illustrate the lesson. When you are teaching children about Moses, let them make a baby Moses basket so they can imagine him floating down that river as you tell the story. A little Moses basket can also make a fine specimen for a diorama depicting the event.

Trace a 7.5-cm (3-inch) diameter circle on a piece of thin cardboard, such as the type found on the back of a legal pad or spiral notebook. Mark the centre of the circle 3.75 cm (1.5 inches) from the sides. Use a ruler to trace eight guidelines on the circle to divide it evenly like a pizza.

Draw a spoke coming out of the circle at every guideline. Make the spokes approximately 6 mm (1/4 inch) wide and extending 5 cm (2 inches) long. Cut out the circle with the spokes attached. Bend the spokes up where they meet the circle.

Cut eight to 10 strips of typing paper along the long edge of the sheet. Make the strips approximately 6 mm (1/4 inch) wide each. Glue the end of one strip to the inner side of one of the spokes, so it rests on the round base.

Weave the strip in and out of the spokes going around the entire circle. Secure them with dabs of glue as you go around to ensure they stay in place. Once you get entirely around the circle, glue the remaining end of the strip to the back of its other end.

Add another strip just above the first, weaving in and out. This time, start on the outside of the first spoke so its weave pattern is opposite the first one's pattern. Continue adding strips until you reach the top of the spokes.

Lay some dried moss inside the basket.

Things You'll Need

  • Circle template
  • Pencil
  • Thin cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • A4 typing paper
  • Dried moss
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