Homemade Toddler Lacing Activity

My toddler loves to lace beads on a string. Despite his fierce determination, his fine motor skills are not quite ready for little holes and so he screams, “need help!” at me the entire time. He needs a toddler-friendly lacing activity.

I put together this homemade lacing activity for him. I cut up a paper towel roll for the “beads” and used a large ribbon, the ends of which I cut into points using pinking shears (for easier threading). For good measure I fixed a square of cardboard at one end so the “beads” would not slip off.

Just right for little hands with lofty goals.

**I wish I could have gotten a photo of his efforts, but whenever I bring out the camera New Kid stops what he’s doing and yells, “camera, camera!”

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  1. Great idea!

  2. Good thinking! :)

  3. Nice modification for those little hands!

  4. this is SUCH A GOOD IDEA. i'm thoroughly impressed.

  5. Easy, Quick and Cheap. Love it. I'm afraid my little one may try to ball it all up through….I'll try it and link back to you though :)

  6. This is great! I just wrote a post on lacing/stringing. If it is OK, I will add this link to the bottom of my post to pass along your activity too. Thanks! Kristi

  7. Really great idea! Last year on the “No Time for Flash Cards” blog, they used large plastic napkin rings for lacing, too. (http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2010/02/napkin-ring-necklace.html)

    Thanks for the idea.

  8. Mom of Toddlers says:

    Activity like this is a very good alternative to watching cartoon!

  9. Smart easy to replicate idea! Mahalo for sharing.

  10. I like this ideas:)it's good to do for my kids, thank you.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I did this for my students (2 year olds) but I had them decorate the “beads” with construction paper and glue, we turned them into necklaces to give to their mommies. It was cute and a great idea considering it was raining all day today

    -Alyssa, TX