This is part 2 of a series looking at everyday play activities and toys for toddlers.
Lacing animals is a new [tag]play activity[/tag] for my [tag]toddler[/tag].
Why he likes it?
- Likes to choose which animal.
- Putting the string in and swinging it around.
- Gets to sit with someone to help him push the string in the other way.
- Enjoys matching the string colour to the animal colour.
Why we like it?
- improving his [tag]fine motor control[/tag] & dexterity.
- [tag]improving concentration[/tag] and determination.
- likes to play with the animals.
- Easy to take with you anywhere.
- Each loop is an achievement that he celebrates- building confidence.
This is really a skill he is trying to master. He returns to it many times a day and plays with it longer each time.
We bought our set on ebay.
My daughter loved activities like this when she was a toddler, infact she still does and she’s 4 now. And they keep her busy for hours which is often a good thing! You have a lovely site.
It’s funny how they don’t grow out of activities you think they might. My 5 yr old is the same way.. Thanks for stopping by.
Nicole J. says
What a great idea. I remember loving lacing toys when I was little. I think I will even try to make some for my son. What ages are best for this kind of toy?
It’s really hard to say. I decided to get ours when he showed he could control his pincer grip. We played with the shapes though and sometimes threaded one or two holes only. I find it’s one of those toys they come back to over again and try to conquer in stages. My little guy is 2 and is just getting interested. I’d say give it a try and see how he does.
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