These pets lacing cards are a fun fine motor activity for kids in preschool or kindergarten. They’re a great addition to pet center activities and morning work tubs too.
Pets Lacing Cards
Lacing cards are a fun way to develop fine motor skills and positional language.
Preparation – I began by printing and laminating the resources for added durability. Next, I cut out all of the animals by cutting along the dotted lines. After that I grabbed my one hole punch and punched a hole in each of the circles. While I was doing this I thought about gluing the pictures onto cardboard too, but ended up just sticking with the laminated cards. Finally, I put the lacing cards in a basket and grabbed some threading laces.
Tip – I bought my threading laces from a teacher supply store.
How to Play – Start by asking the kids to choose an animal card. Then tie one end of the lacing thread to the card (see above). Next, model how to thread the lace through the holes using a sewing motion. This is a great way to use positional language such as “in” and “out”, “up” and “down”, and “through”.
Safety Tip – Always ensure that lacing activities are completed under adult supervision and pack away the laces as soon as the activity is finished. The use of laces is not suitable for children under three years of age.
Sewing Techniques – I usually teach kids to thread the lace “up” and “down” as shown on the cat (photo above). You can also teach kids to thread the lace “in” and “out” as shown on the rabbit (photo above). Of course some kids like to freestyle and sew it their own way, which is perfectly okay too – you just might be facing a few more tangles come pack away time!
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Pets Sorting Mats
I had so much fun making the pet lacing cards that I ended up making some sorting mats too! I absolutely love these because they feature real photos of popular pets. Plus each mat has a picture of the pet house they live in. For example, the fish mat has a fish bowl. You can also print two copies of the picture cards to play games such as memory and snap.
More Fun Pets Activities
If you’re looking for more fun pet freebies then be sure to check out the links below. Simply click on the links and hop between the various blogs to grab them all.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
Doggy Letter Find (Digital) // Teach me Mommy
Mary Had a Little Lamb Build a Poem // Little Learning Corner
Our Favorite Pet Graph // Sarah Chesworth
Pets Lacing Cards (Fine Motor) // Fairy Poppins