|Get both hands working together lacing whimsical animals.|
In the box: 5 lacing animals, 5 laces
Lacing can be a great two-handed activity, but I have never worked with a kid yet that was too crazy about it. I have several different types of lacing sets and rarely bring them out. The box of farm animals I have has seven animals but this newer version has only five. The seven animals I have are cow, chicken, rooster, pig, horse, goat and lamb. My animal pictures are more realistic and the ones in this kit are more whimsical. The strings are thick and brightly colored and they pull easily through the holes. The plastic tip on the lace (aglet) is 7/8" long. The animals are wooden with the same picture adhered to both sides. The animals are 3/16" thick and easy to grasp and turn in-hand as you work. The box is wooden and the cover is plastic and slides on through grooves in the box.
Oh yes... and trace. Tracing is another good 2-handed activity that I have never been able to interest kids in. This one would be a good set to try with because the pieces are thick and will help keep the pencil on track.
- Use a contrasting color lace to make it stand out more against the animal colors.
- Trace the holes visually around the edge of the animal before you start. Some areas may be a little difficult to follow, such as where the goats legs cross.
- Try different stitches (whip stitch, straight stitch).
- Turn the animal in-hand as you move from hole to hole.
- Cue the individual to hold the tip of the lace instead of the lace itself for more control.
- Hold the aglet in the fingertips with the web space shaped like an "o". Straighten the fingers to push the lace through the hole instead of bringing the animal to the lace.
- Cue the individual to feel for the hole if lacing from the back to avoid turning it over every time.