You will need:
- Two square pieces of colored paper (two different colors; paper sheets should be the
same size, say, 30cm x 30cm)
- Scotch/sticky tape
- A piece of cardboard slightly larger than your square paper
What to do:
- Fold one colored piece of paper in half and then cut six slits into the paper from the
folded edge to, say, 2cm from the other side (see picture). Space the slits out
evenly across the paper.
- Cut the second piece of paper into ten strips of the same size. Throw away two of
the strips, you only need eight.
- Unfold the first sheet of paper. Weave the paper strips through the slits one at a
time from left to right. Weave over and under the slits. If you started by
weaving the first strip over the first slit, weave the second strip under
the first slit, the third strip over the first slit, and so on. This will
create a checkerboard effect.
- When you have woven all eight strips through the paper, straighten them up. Turn
the checkerboard over. Place strips of scotch tape along the left and right sides of
the checkerboard to hold the strips in place.
- Turn the checkerboard right side up and glue or tape it onto your piece of cardboard.
- You can use coins of two different sizes for the pieces, or cut out small pieces of
paper or cardboard and color them in two different colors to make a set of checkers for
This page was last updated on 08/05/98.