To do: Use lacing cards at home or on your next road trip to keep small hands busy and learning.
Time: Set-up, 10 minutes
Materials: Lacing card printable below.
The trickiest part of a road trip is that you’re confined to a small space for a long period of time. Normally your child gets to run, jump, and stretch throughout the day, so the challenge becomes:
How can you incorporate movement when strapped into a car seat?
We have an idea to engage your child, not with big gross motor movements, but rather with small, detailed movements by using Lacing Cards!
Here are a few printable Lacing Card templates for you to print out and use on your next road trip or at home:
Activity: Lacing Cards
To make Lacing Cards, try these simple steps. Ask your child if they would like to help, it might spark their interest in lacing with the cards when they are finished!
- Choose a shape, either from the printable page we created, or one that you’d like to create.
- Using clear packing tape, or a laminator if you have one at home, seal the card so it will last more than one car ride. If you’re using tape, cover the shape on one side, layering pieces of tape until the whole shape is covered. Flip the shape over and do the other side, then cut off the excess tape around the edges. Super simple way to “laminate” at home.
- Punch holes along the edges of the card using a hole-punch. Not too many, or the integrity of the card will be compromised.
- Grab an extra shoelace or piece of yarn. Your child can lace from hole to hole, or in a pattern of their own making. A little piece of pipe cleaner at the end of the yarn helps strengthen the yarn if your child is having trouble.
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