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This set of forest animal printable lacing cards for preschoolers is perfect for practicing fine motor skills or beginning sewing practice.
These free printable lacing cards are perfect for little hands. Use them to work on fine motor skills with your young preschoolers. Add them to your stash of busy bags to keep little ones occupied when you need a quiet activity.
They make great additions to your forest, animal, and autumn unit studies and activities.
Forest Animal Printable Lacing Cards
I love using lacing cards with toddlers and preschoolers. They’re great for kids who need some fine motor practice. And, you can use them to introduce sewing to older children. These cards are perfect for your homeschool preschool lessons or for on-the-go activities.
Setting Up the Activity
Print out the lacing cards. I suggest printing them on cardstock for stability. I also suggest laminating the cards for durability. Then, use a single hole punch to punch holes around the perimeter of each card.
Gather some yarn or lacing strings, and your little ones are ready to go.
For Younger Kids
For toddlers and preschoolers who are working on fine motor skills, the goal is just to get the string in the holes. Don’t worry too much about whether they lace the holes in order or they criss-cross across the card.
Not only will this help with their fine motor skills, it will also help with hand-eye coordination. Lining up the tip of the lace with each hole takes some practice. Be sure to stay nearby in the beginning. Some children can quickly become frustrated with this project if they can’t get the lace in the whole at first.
For Older Kids
Once kids are comfortable with the concept of getting the laces in the holes in these cards, encourage them to practice going around the perimeter of the card in order. Up through one hole and down through the next.
BOOKS ABOUT Forest Animals
Fill your book basket with a great collection of preschool forest animal books. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Over in the Forest – ump like a squirrel, dunk like a raccoon, and . . . uh-oh . . . watch out for the skunk! Children learn the ways of forest animals to the rhythm of Over in the Meadow in this delightful introduction to the woodland habitat.
Night-Night, Forest Friends – As the sun sets, animals all over the forest get ready for bed. Papa rabbit tucks his babies in among the leaves, fuzzy bears settle in their den, and little foxes snuggle together under the moonlight. Up above, an owl hoots a lullaby.
Who’s in the Forest? – In this colourful peepo book, small children are invited to peek through the holes on every other page to answer the repeating refrain, Who’s in the forest, dark and deep? The playful, energetic, rhyming text introduces all sorts of creatures that make their home in the forest