As a pediatric Occupational Therapist, I can think of few activities that pack more of a punch for learning developmental hand skills than lacing activities. I mean they have it all, and most kids that I have come across really enjoy the activity.
There is a sense of accomplishment when they get their project all laced up and looking like they want it to. Lacing crafts are great for working on fine motor skills, bilateral coordination, hand eye coordination, motor control, sequencing, motor planning, scanning, improving attention span and more. A lacing activity really does check a lot of boxes.
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Here are a few of our favorite Lacing Activities…
For each of these lacing crafts, click on the photo to link to the full tutorial and templates where available.
Yes, it’s true that zebras are actually white with black stripes, but these zebra crafts are black with white stripes because we only keep white yarn in our craft bag. And, as always, we stick to the master list of 27 basic craft supplies to make ALL of the creative projects on this site. Keeping things simple like this makes crafting with your kids so much easier! Trust me.
These seasonal lacing snowflake crafts come with a free printable template to make crafting easier. Keep them white or add some color.
Cut out the cloud, add the blue sky and weave in your cloud. Link to the post to see the two options for adding extras to your lacing craft. Try adding a rainbow or a sun or whatever your imagination comes up with.
This polar bear lacing craft has Christmas colors in the background, but you can change it up to be whatever color and design you would like. This is your craft. Put your personality into it. We only keep white yarn in our bag, but if you have brown or black, you can also change up the type of bear that you are making. Free template included in original post.
A little ghostly craft to celebrate Halloween or just for a scare. Change up the background and decorations and make it your own. The only limit is your imagination.
This bunny craft is one of my favorites in our lacing activities collection. This version has a polka dot background, but you can paint whatever colors and design you want. Free printable template available on original post.
The last of our lacing activities for kids is a little bit different because you are not lacing through holes, but rather around metal brads. Weave around and around the knobs to form an interesting pattern on the penguin’s tummy. Free template included in original post. Just click on the pic.
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This is just a start for how crafts can help your kiddo develop better fine motor skills, hand eye coordination and so much more. They will never learn or grow by watching but only by doing hands-on activities. And I can think of no better way to make it fun and invoke a sense accomplishment better than making a craft together. You will be so glad that you did.
And don’t forget that if you fill you bag using our master list, it takes so much of the prep, mess and aggravation out of crafting with your kids. This process can and should be FUN. Let me help you with that. Learn more about our system for making crafting with your kids easier HERE.