In the box: Grid, punch pen, 8 pattern cards, 18 laces
Creative fun on a shoestring. Choose a pattern, thread the pen with a colored lace, then punch and pull a colorful design. The laces are brightly colored, good quality, and not tipped. The tool is plastic, you can see the girl holding it on the box above. The plastic grid is a square with 144 holes (12 X 12). Inside the plastic frame, and showing through each hole, is foam. Push the pen through each hole to make the string stay in place. Holding the tool correctly will reinforce holding a pencil without "having" to write.
|GRID PATTERN CARDS|
Pattern card images also include sun, moon, star, jack-o-lantern, heart with arrow through it, car on road, butterfly, palm tree, Christmas tree, cat, ship, and dolphin jumping out of water. Most of the images will require that you count the circles to know where to begin or where to go next. There are two geometric design cards and I use them first, as they don't require much counting and they are a good introduction for learning to use the tool.
This toy has received mixed reviews on Amazon. I have not had any trouble with it. People complain that they can't thread the string through the tip of the pen, but you can easily thread it through the top, which is where all the extra string should be coming out anyway. Not sure why anyone would try and thread it through the tip, but I find it very doable to thread it through the tip. This activity is a little easier than the unrelated Quercetti Filo Lacing Set. The pictures in this set are simpler than most of the Quercetti images and the grid is square, not rectangular.
- Demonstrate first to teach the individual how to use the tool and count spaces.
- Monitor how the individual is holding the tool to reinforce holding it like a pencil.
- Use the zigzag pattern to work on diagonals. Go from left to right, then right to left. Then turn the card and go from top to bottom and then bottom to top.