This is my first day back blogging after taking a two month break after giving birth to the newest member of our family, our little “Lady Bug”! I will be starting off slowly and probably wont be posting quite as often as I used to, just due to the pure business of adjusting to three children. Our first project back was a simple fine motor lacing project using felt hearts.
I used red, white and black felt to make the hearts. First I folded the felt in half and cut out half of a heart. This creates a perfectly symmetrical heart. It’s such a simple trick I’m sure many of you learned to do it in elementary school. I cut out about six hearts of various sizes in each of the three colors. This was a perfect amount for two kids.
Next I folded the hearts in half horizontally and cut two vertical slits, making sure not to cut to the edges (image 2). Once I finished all of the cutting I glued the googly eyes onto the hearts. This gave the hearts lots of character and my kids loved them!
After I prepared the hearts I cut about three feet of yarn per child. I taped the ends so they’d be easier to lace through the holes. I used blue painters tape because that’s what I had, but I suggest using regular masking tape because the blue painters tape would slide off of the yarn.
As you can see in image 5 I cut two slits so that the yarn could be laced up through one hole and down through the other. This creates a cute little mouth for the hearts. However, I did not expect my two-year-olds to be able to use both slits. Using both slits would be easier for children ages three or four.
Fine Motor Lacing
I quickly showed Little Buddy and Baby Bear how to lace the hearts and they quickly began trying themselves. As I suspected they didn’t understand how to go up and then down to create the little yarn mouth but I was totally fine with that! They would be gaining great fine motor skills just from simply lacing the yarn through one hole.
Little Buddy was quickly able to learn that after poking the yarn through the hole he had to grab it on the other end and pull it through.
Baby Bear had a harder time remembering how to pull the yarn through the other side. She would stick it in, turn the heart over and then push it back through. I spent some time teaching her to pinch the end and pull.
Soon they were both filling their yarn with hearts.
After Little Buddy had finished he was being silly and putting the yarn around his head as if he had made a necklace.
Baby Bear was so proud of her work and stretched it out to see all of her little felt hearts.
The kids were so happy to do this fun fine motor lacing activity! I am also happy to be back blogging and I will hopefully be posting again very soon!
If you liked reading about Valentine Hearts Fine Motor Lacing you should check out our other Fine Motor Activities!
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