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How to Make an Easy Fine Motor Activity for Your Young Child

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.


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