Winter Lacing Cards

Winter Lacing Cards to make for kids: a fun, homemade fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers

Happy New Year!   The hooligans have returned, and we’re getting back into our groove here.  We’ve spent the majority of the past two days playing, re-connecting and enjoying the SNOW that we finally got over the holidays!  We haven’t done anything terribly structured this week but I did make these simple winter lacing cards this morning.

I loved lacing cards when I was a child, and I enjoy making them and changing them up seasonally for the hooligans.

winter lacing cards

This is an easy project to prepare, and it doesn’t have to cost you a thing! 

What you’ll need to make your own lacing cards:

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*(instructions for making a very simple  child’s sewing needle can be found further down this page)

set of 3 homemade winter lacing cards

I drew the mitt and the toque free-hand, but used a simple template that I found online for the snowflake.

Draw your shape and transfer it to your cardboard, and cut it out.  Then using a glue stick, cover the cut-out with your patterned paper.  I use wallpaper samples for this kind of thing.  I LOVE my wallpaper samples!  Pop into your local paint and paper shop, and ask if they have any out-of-date wallpaper books that they’d be willing to part with.  The store in my town is always more than happy to give me theirs, and we use them for all kinds of projects here.  The paper is beautiful and sturdy, and it’s so much easier on the pocket book than buying expensive scrapbooking paper!

Once you’ve glued your paper to the cardboard, cut it to fit, and then punch some holes all around the edges of your card.

Tie a knot in the end of a shoelace to prevent it from slipping through the holes, and hand it all over to your little one!

mitten lacing card

If you don’t have a shoelace, you can use yarn with a plastic sewing needle.  In the event that you don’t have a sewing needle, you can use my handy little trick to make a kid-friendly sewing needle out of a drinking straw.

How to make a homemade “sewing needle” for a child:

homemade sewing needle made from a straw

Shorten a drinking straw, and cut a slit in one end.  Insert your yarn into the straw, secure it in the slit, and you’re good to go!

If you use a plastic straw from a Rubbermaid brand re-usable zippy cup, the sewing needle will last forever!

winter lacing activity - happy hooligans

Happy lacing!


  1. Mrs. Annie Fischer says

    I have been a preschool teacher for 22 years and I am so inspired by your ideas. They are perfect for preschoolers. Children do love lacing. Thank you for sharing and the best to you in 2013!

    Mrs. Annie

    • happyhooligans says

      Thank you for your kind comment, Annie. It means a lot to me when I hear that teachers like yourself are inspired by what we do here.
      I’m so glad you love our ideas! All the best to you in the coming year as well!

  2. Jonanne says

    I found you while cruising Pinterest in a doctors waiting room. I can’t wait to get home & try some of these activities with the grandkids! Keep on blogging!

    • happyhooligans says

      Thank you, Debbye! I love making lacing cards. They’re so easy to whip up, the kids love them, and they look so darn cute!

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