Lacing activities help children develop fine–motor skills, bilateral coordination, motor planning and visual perceptual skills. In addition, lacing helps children practice the precursor skills for shoe tying and sewing.
- String, yarn or shoelace
- Sticky tape
- Beads or Buttons (Optional)
- Coloured pens or pencils
- Hole punch
- Cut out shapes from a piece of cardboard (a cereal box is a suitable thickness).
- Pierce holes around the perimeter or through the centre of the shapes using a hole punch.
- Seal the ends of string or yarn with sticky tape to create a stiff end for child to easily thread through the holes. This is unnecessary if using a shoe lace.
- Demonstrate the activity and encourage your child to thread the lace through each hole, over and under, until the shape is completely laced.
- Encourage your child to decorate the lace with beads and buttons if available.
- Use different coloured shoelaces or string/yarn.
- Increase or decrease the number of holes in the shape, and the width between the holes.
- Increase or decrease the complexity of patterns to suit your child’s age and ability.
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