I have heard that ‘Lacing Letters’ are a very good way for preschoolers to work on their fine motor skills. They are also good for teaching and reenforcing their letter recognition. So, off to the teacher’s store I went. Well, call me cheap, call me frugal, call me whatever you want to call me, but I was not about to spend $15 on cardboard letters and a red shoe-string.
Just like everything else in my life, if I can’t get it second-hand, or at an incredible deal, I will just make it! So, I did. No, they are not the cool foam ones that I saw online, and they are not colored…..but, if I wanted them to be colored, I could just paint them. However, I just wanted the basic letters, and I don’t care what they are made of, or what color they are. My only criteria was, they have to be durable, because my youngest son is rough!
The coolest and most awesome thing about my lacing letters, is that not only are they one-of-a-kind……they were FREE!!! Not a whole lot beats free 🙂 My parent’s give me all of their recyclables and their old newspapers, and when there is an odd throw-away item that they have, they will usually call me, because they know I’m a sucker for free craft supplies. On this particular occasion, they were throwing out a large box that held their new screen door…….taken! I took it home not sure what neat thing it would become, just knowing that eventually, it would indeed morph into something nifty. In this case, that would be lacing letters. The ‘laces’ for my lacing letters are just that…….laces. My son had an extra pair that came with his brand new golf shoes, that were (you guessed it), on sale!
So, embrace your liberties and your recycled goodness, and make some cool lacing letters for your rugrats!
LACING LETTERS SUPPLIES
SHARPIE OR MARKER
HEAVY CORRELATED CARDBOARD
SINGLE HOLE PUNCHER
CLEAN SHOE-STRING, WITH PLASTIC ENDS ENTACT
LACING LETTER DIRECTIONS
1. Trace out (26) 6 inch by 6 inch squares on the cardboard with a marker.
2. Cut out each square with scissors.
3. Sketch each uppercase letter onto the square, and cut out with scissors.
4. Punch holes evenly around the letter.
5. Give your child a letter and a shoe-string.
6. Teach your child to start at the base of the letter, insert the lace underneath the hole, pull tight, and repeat all the way around.