Here is a great activity for eye-hand coordination, as well as strengthening finger muscles. Make your own lacing cards to help strengthen your child’s finger muscles.
You will need:
- Poster board
- A hole puncher
- Some packages of new, long shoelaces
- Cut some eight inch squares from the poster board.
- Use these squares to cut decorative shapes, such as a heart, triangle, simple truck or boat, sun, apple, etc. You can also trace and cut shapes from coloring book pictures.
- Use the hole puncher to punch holes along the edge of these shapes, about three inches apart.
- Tie one end of the long shoelace to the first hole. I recommend using shoelaces because the hard end is easier for young children to manipulate.
- Then let your child lace around the shapes with and “in and out” motion.
Keep the cards and laces in a zip-lock baggie for ease of use and storage.