After a long day at the pool or outside playing, your child might be ready for some time spent concentrating on fine motor rather than gross motor work.
These spring lacing and sewing cards are the perfect winding down activity.
Lacing and sewing are both excellent examples of activities that help a child improve their pincer grip, or the thumb and pointer finger grip.
Manipulating a shoe lace through the lacing pattern then getting even finer with a needle and thread is important skill building for a young child!
To get started, print the two Spring Lacing Cards pictured above or prepare some of your own with card stock paper.
A hole punch creates the perfect size hole to fit a shoelace through! Invite your child to do both the hole punching and the lacing in this activity. Tie a knot in one end of the shoe lace, then your child is ready to start lacing.
If your child wants to do even more fine motor work, prepare a needle and thread. Consider using a thumbtack to prepare the needle holes for your child. Prepare the thread by tying a knot in one end, then let your child do the delicate work of sewing.
This type of sewing and lacing work is extremely versatile and satisfying to the young child who is beginning to improve their concentration and focus, not to mention their fine motor abilities.
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