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.
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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- cardboard (a cereal box is great)
- patterned paper
- shoelace OR a *child’s sewing needle and a length of yarn
*(instructions for making a very simple child’s sewing needle can be found further down this page)
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 Pop into your local paint and paper shop, and ask if they have any out-of-date wallpaper books that they’d be willing to part with.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!
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:
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!
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. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.