Lacing is a classic fine motor activity for preschoolers and easy to create at home. Manipulating the string in and out of the holes takes a lot of effort for little fingers. It strengthens dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and pincer grasp.👍 This activity can be frustrating for your LOs, especially when the string falls out of the hole before they can grab it. Work with them until they get a hold of it. It helps develop patience. Once they know how to do it, they’ll enjoy it.😊
What you need
- Rainbow foam sheets ( or any foam sheet)
- Single hole punch
- Shoe lace/yarn/cord
- Cut the foam sheets into various shapes. We cut geometric shapes to pratice math. You could also do alphabets, numbers or any fun shapes.
- Punch the holes about 1 inch apart around the edges of each shape. The more closer the holes are, the more difficult it is. Distamce the holes, depending on your kids needs.
- Let your LOs use shoe lace/yarn/cord to lace through the holes.
If you dont have foam sheets, you could also use cardstock or any thick paper to cut out the shapes and laminate them for durability. You could also use toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes or any craft mat with holes in them. If your using yarn or cord, tape the ends so that it stays together. Use the song – go through, go up, go down – to guide, as they lace through the shapes.
Miss A (almost 3yrs old) was very excited to try this. I showed her how to do it and she picked it up right away. Sometimes she would skip holes or would tangle the shoe lace. Once I fixed it she got back to business. Most of the times, she didn’t want me to help her. Overall, I think she did a pretty good job. Kept her lil hands busy for a while. This activity was not intended for Miss D (21 months old). But she wanted to do the exact same thing her sister was doing. So, we gave her a shoe lace and couple of shapes and she ended up lacing all the shapes together and finally ripping it off 😂. Well thats a great activity too – working the lil muscles. We had to use some precut foam sheets for Miss A to do more lacing because we were out of our shapes. This activity was a big hit in our home. Next time, we are going to print out some fun pictures to lace around.😀