Lacing provides a great opportunity for fine motor skills and makes for a wonderful busy bag. I recently saw a pack in the toy store in the city and thought my 4 year old would love to give that a try.
Unfortunately as an imported toy (we live in Ecuador) the price was a bit too much for my liking. So we made our own!
How to make Foam Lacing Shapes
To make your own foam lacing shapes you will need:
- Sheet of foam in various colors (cardboard also works if you are in a pinch!)
- Laces – Either a shoe lace or special lacing pack with the ends in plastic for easy threading.
- Shapes of your choice or you can freehand it.
- Pen, scissors and a hole punch.
- Optional assistant and / or cuppa hot stuff 😉
Select a shape and trace it on your foam. I turned the cookie cutter over to maximize the size.
Make as many shapes as you want and cut them out.
Use your hole punch to make holes for the laces around the edges. Try not to get too close to the edge because your foam will tear with the force of lacing if you do.
I also made some large shapes for the kids to lace. At fist the lacing might look like these below, but the more practice the better 🙂
There are many ways the kids can lace once they get over the initial randomness.
These also make for great gifts!
Amazon also has tons of lacing shapes that you can buy. Check them out here.
Check out what my co-hosts have been up to with fine motor skills this week!
- Snowman Sand Art from P is for Preschooler
- Valentines Day Sweet Treat Fine Motor Skills Activities from Little Bins for Little Hands
- Transportation Connect the Dots with Numbers from Craftulate
- Foam Heart Sticker Mosaic from School Time Snippets
- Painting Olympic Figures from Stir the Wonder
- 50 COOL DIY Toys for Fine Motor Skills from Lalymom
- Cooking with Kids: Developing Fine Motor Skills in the Kitchen from Still Playing School
- Fine Motor Valentine’s Playdough Play from House of Burke