Lacing Shoes!

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Our theme for the rest of the month in our little preschool is dressing.  There are not a huge amount of crafts to make with this theme, especially since I made paper dolls with them a couple of months ago.  So, I racked my brain.  I have been trying to work with Clara on her fine motor skills.  She has a really hard time with lacing and with putting little beads and things on pipe cleaners… totally things that her peers can do.  So, I thought that maybe a little peer pressure would help her to get going on it.  Modeling off of these lacing cards, I made my own.

Materials:
Colorful card stock
Ribbon
Tape
Glue
Hole punch

1) Trace around a toddler shoe on your card stock. Next to that, draw a circle with one flatish side to mimic a foot hole. Make more than one in different colors.
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2) Cut both out and glue a contrasting colored foot hole to each one.
3) Punch four to six holes along the sides of the shoe.
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4) Cut ribbon and tape the ends of each end to make threading easier.
5) Put out some markers and give each child a shoe and a lace. Let them go to town!

My favorite part was after the kids were done, they all tried to put the shoes on their feet and strap them on with the laces. It was too cute. All of the kids were able to lace them on their own… except for Clara. Daddy helped her some and then she was able to do a few holes herself, but the peer pressure to do it didn’t really work on her. Oh well, I’ll keep trying.

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3 Responses to “Lacing Shoes!”


  1. 1 Karen February 16, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Cute idea, they have the dress me dolls,boys and girls, which would probably be a great project also, not much money also can get them used I would assume.

  2. 2 Kristen February 17, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Is that Clara’s shoe? It seems like she did some lacing!

  3. 3 Rick February 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    You’re disappointed peer pressure didn’t work??? Careful what you wish for. The time is coming when that same peer pressure will cause all sorts of problems.

    What’s that line you have on your emails from ee cummings?


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