These diy foam lacing shapes are so simple to create. They provide fun for kids as well as helping with fine motor control.
They are super easy to make and can be stored in a busy bag for a rainy day.
All you need are some Foam sheets (different colours) and some colourful laces.
You will also need;
- A hole punch
- Some templates
The templates are completely optional however I have attached some shapes for you to download below.
This just makes it easier when deciding what shapes to do, but of course you can also design your own.
Start off by drawing around your shapes and cutting them out. Take your hole punch and make holes around your shape. Making sure the holes aren’t too close together and not too close to the edge.
Your shapes will look a little like this. We also done the shape of an aeroplane, a car, a fish and a leaf. Just to mix it up a bit.
When you start to thread your laces through, you will need to secure it in place so that it doesn’t go straight through. This has happened with my kids before and its very frustrating. An adult may need to help with this part.
Then The Fun Begins
Your child can then begin to thread. You may need to show smaller children how to thread the lace through by feeding it and pulling it through the holes.
My kids love these. I made these for my son when he was a toddler and they’ve lasted us for years. We’ve had them out for other kids at our house. I will say that the foam is very flimsy and these can break if the laces are pulled too tightly through.
My 4 year old daughter loves these and its a great activity for her to do when she’s bored and looking for something to do.
You can download some of our templates for your foam shapes. Just click on the images below to download for FREE!