Here’s a fun fall activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Turn coloured paper or wallpaper samples into a fall leaf lacing activity to help young children strengthen their fine motor skills and learn some early sewing skills.
We’re all about Fall Leaves this month here in my daycare, so we’ve been making lots of leaft crafts and doing fun activities with leaves in the backyard.
Recently, I made these Fall Leaf Lacing Cards for my toddlers and preschoolers to practice their lacing skills with.
Many of you already know how much I love my wallpaper samples. For those of you who are new around here, I’ll fill you in.
I asked at a couple of local paint and paper shops and they were happy to give me several expired wallpaper sample books. For FREE! They throw them in the garbage when they’re done with them, so get on in to your local shop and ask if you can take some off their hands!
Wall paper samples are perfect for all kinds of projects and activities and the fact that you can get them for free is a whole lot better for the budget than buying pricey scrap-booking paper.
How to make our Fall Leaf Lacing Cards:
- wall paper samples
- thin cardboard
- hole punch
- paper scissors
Making our Leaf Lacing Cards:
To make these leaf lacing cards, I traced 3 different leaf shapes on to some fall coloured samples, cut them out and glued them to some sturdy cardboard.
A cereal box would be the right weight of cardboard for this.
Use a hole punch to make holes all around the edges of the cut-outs, and provide some shoe-laces (or a child’s sewing needle and yarn) for lacing!
That’s it, that’s all!
The hooligans loved these lacing cards.
When one little guy was finished, he had the bright idea to turn his into a kite, so they all joined in and ran around the yard, trying to get their fall leaves to fly in the breeze. 🙂
Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.
This is brilliant!
Thanks so much! Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest ones, aren’t they?
I really love this Jackie! I am so inspired that now I want to do some leaf lacing too!
Thank you, Deborah! So glad you liked it! 🙂