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String Lacing Activities & Fine Motor Skills
Lacing activities are a great way to improve fine motor skills and stays fun for quite some time. Really, the love of making things never quite leaves us!
A while ago, we also laces candy to a string, but we really can’t keep doing that if I have any hope of teaching the kids to eat healthily
So this is a different variation you can try and uses things that are probably lying about the house.
Like the box of straws that I bought for a birthday party recently, and won’t be needing in the coming year…
A quick wee sideline: Because I know how hard it can be to come up with fun games each time, I’ve created a 7-day challenge for parents of toddlers and preschoolers. This is a great way to get started if you’ve fallen out of the habit of playing with your kids, or to learn about fresh ideas and activities.
Each day for 1 week, you will receive an e-mail with an activity that you can do with your kids. Join the newsletter and start your 7 days of play today!
What you’ll need:
- Some scissors;
- A piece of string;
- Colored straws;
- Some tape, preferably hobby or washi tape;
Well, not really…at least, if you trust your kid with a pair of scissors. This really is a great excersice for kids to improve their skills with a pair of scissors as well, as the pieces of straw don’t need very exact cutting.
However, if you are wary of your child cutting, then cut up the pieces of straw yourself beforehand.
Necklace String Lacing Activity
Let your child cut a couple of straws into pieces. Most kids love cutting, so this should keep them busy for a while.
C absolutely loves to cut things up and will often request to do it quite at random.
In the meantime, cut off a piece of string yourself, that is long enough to be a necklace.
Tape one end of the string to the table, so that the pieces of straw can’t fall off the end during the activity.
Once that is done and the pieces of straw are cut up, invite your child to string the pieces of straw onto the string.
When the string is full, gently remove the tape. Be careful not to loose any pieces of straw! And knot the two ends together to make a necklace.
And voila, a beautiful self-made necklace for the kids, or mommy