Lacing cards are a great activity for young children to strengthen fine motor skills. They are a great way to practice hand-eye coordination and a fun way to perfect the pincer grasp. You can make your own lacing cards in a few simple steps.
Pick your favorite fun shape and get started today. Shapes include:
How to Make the Lacing Cards
- Print the fun Spring lacing cards onto card stock.
- Cut out the different shapes.
- Glue the shapes onto cardboard like the back of a cereal box so it is sturdier. Then, cut the shape out again.
- Your child can help you punch holes with a hole puncher or for young preschoolers give it to them with pre-punched holes. The cardboard might be too thick for their little hands to punch through.
Materials to Lace in the Cards
Once your DIY lacing cards are made, you are ready to collect items to lace with. Look for items that you already have on hand or that you can find at a dollar store.
The goal is that the children learn the movement of sewing. Up, down, up, down or over, under, over, under. Of course that isn’t the most important goal of using lacing cards. Really you are just providing a fun activity for them to strengthen hand eye coordination and fine motor skills. So if they don’t just lace around the outside and instead go back and forth over the fun shape, that is ok. It doesn’t matter. With older preschoolers who have experimented with it on their own for awhile, you can show them how to go around the outside by going up and down to make a stitch.
You can use a piece of yarn. If you use yarn, lace the bottom end through a hole and tie it in a knot. That way the yarn will always be there and you won’t lose it. On the other end of the yarn, add a piece of tape. Roll it around the end almost like a needle. This will keep the yarn from fraying and makes it easier to lace through the holes.
Using a shoe lace is a great idea. The plastic end is perfect for lacing. Put the bottom of the shoe lace through a hole and tie it in a knot. That way the lacing doesn’t come undone by the shoe lace coming all of the way through the hole.
Pipe cleaners are a fantastic way to start with lacing for young children. They are straight and don’t flop around so they are easier to control. Kids can take a long pipe cleaner and lace it through as many holes as they can. Or you can cut pipe cleaners in half for them to lace through each hole (one per hole) and then bend and twist them.
They can make a pattern with the colored pipe cleaners or sort and put all of one color on one side and the other color on the other. The possibilities are endless and so much fun. Sometimes it can be a pain to untwist and unbend the pipe cleaners to get them out. If this is the case, challenge. your child or student to get them out. This will work their finger muscles too.
This hands-on activity is a great addition to a busy bag. It is one of our favorite fine motor activities for traveling in the car.
Download the Free Printable Lacing Cards
Looking for more Spring printables for your little learners? We’ve got you covered.
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