Inside you'll find the most adorable Lucky Charms Themed St. Patrick's Day Lacing Card Printable for practicing fine motor skills you've ever seen. These happy little beauties are just what you need to keep little hands busy and work on fine motor skills muscles!
Are you looking for a fun way to help your child practice their fine motor skills?
These St. Patrick's Day Lacing Cards are the perfect activity to do together. They’re themed around my kid's favorite cereal. Included are hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers and blue moons, pots of gold, a rainbow, and a red balloon!
Your child will love lacing up these festive cards with you. It’s such a great way to spend time together while also helping them develop important skills that they need later on for writing.
These cards can be used as part of a St. Patrick's Day party or just for your little one to play with when they need something new.
What are the Benefits of Lacing Cards?
There are so many benefits of doing activities like this one with your children. Not only does it give them an opportunity to work on developing their fine motor skills, but it also gives them an opportunity to learn about new things while spending quality time with you.
Lacing cards allow preschoolers to practice their fine motor skills and work on hand-eye coordination. They are also a great way for parents to help increase the independence of their children, while also fostering self-confidence in them.
This set is great for talking about colors, with all the colors of the rainbow in them.
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Once your child understands how to do the lacing cards, they'll be able to do them independently, and practice their pincher grip any time.
These happy lacing cards can be used as a fun activity with kids that will keep them engaged.
Printable lacing cards are an activity that's great for developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. It also helps with hand strength and figuring out just how your hands and muscles work, an essential prewriting skill, which comes later for most preschoolers and toddlers.
My watercolor Thanksgiving lacing cards are great for preschoolers who aren't quite ready to begin learning to write. Prewriting skills are so important in their developing brains, and using a pen or marker and paper aren't the only ways to flex those pre-writing muscles.
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What Do You Need For Lucky Charms Lacing Cards
As always, I recommend putting all of this together ahead of time to keep the unnecessary chaos out of our lives. New things–like this colorful and fun printable– are so exciting for kids, so it's hard to keep their excited feelings under control.
I like to get all of the laminating and cutting out of the way before I bring this out to them instead of print it out and put it together while they're sitting with me.
If your little one is at home with you, I recommend using yarn for lacing instead of string because it’s frankly easier to find.
You can purchase inexpensive skeins of yarn that will last for many projects from Michaels. Wrap the ends with tape to reduce fraying, making them easier to work with. This way they'll act more like a shoe string, and be easier to put through the holes.
I love using buttons to reinforce lacing too.
You can purchase packages of large buttons that are perfect for preschoolers (and toddlers). These will last through several holiday-themed activities and they’re big enough not to present a choking hazard.
Tie a knot through the buttons to give students an “end” to their string, so they know where to stop.
Here is the list of everything you need.
-The printable (OF COURSE!) grab it here: St. Patrick's Day Lacing Cards.
–A laminator– If you want to keep these lacing printables around as long as you can, I recommend laminating the pages so they are more difficult to wreck.
–Lacing String– In my humble opinion, I think you should try to get the most bang for your buck. The string I linked to here is for beads AND string, because with string itself, you can either get 120 strings or you can get some strings with beads or animal shapes. This one is beads, but I also found this cool lacing string set with animals that I think any preschooler would love!
–Hole Punch– You need to punch all those holes for your child to lace the strings though. To add a little more challenge to your fine motor skills, you can have older children do the hole punching. These hole punches are so much easier than those old metal ones we had in school. Grab one!
-Zipper Pouch or Task Card Box – This is a great place to hold all the pieces together.
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How to Use Lucky Charms Lacing Cards
These lacing cards are easy peasy to use.
If you have a laminator available, simply laminate the cards before use so they will last longer. This is the perfect way to ensure your St. Patrick's Day Sewing Cards can be used again next year or for autumn themed fine motor activities all year long.
If you're using these in the classroom, print off a set of cards and let each child have their own card. This set has 12 different objects to lace, so depending on the size of your classroom, you may need to print these off twice.
For task boxes, you can print them all, laminate, cut them out, hole punch, and store them in the boxes with a few shoelaces.
Preparing your Printable for Use
- Print the lacing cards on heavy cardstock (grab your printable here)
- Laminate then cut them out, leaving a little space around each little marshmallow
- You will need a single hole punch to punch the holes. Once the holes are punched, tie a knot in one end of a shoelace or lacing string. Another option is to tie a button to the end of one side of the string.
Using this Printable with Your Children
There may be some hesitation at first, but once they get started kids will enjoy the challenge of lacing these cards and it’s great for hand-eye coordination too!
- Now that it’s time to actually start lacing, your little one can navigate whatever you’re using; yarn, ribbon, or a shoelace, through the holes.
- You can encourage them to alternate the holes they use, or let them do whatever their heart desires.
- After they've gone through each hole, you can tie the ends together to complete the pattern!
- A tiny loop is a wonderful touch that makes it easy to display as an adorable holiday decoration, or to send home with students to showcase their work.
- For added fine motor skill practice, allow older kids to use the hole puncher to make holes around the border of the cards.
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What Are Lacing Cards Used For?
These cards were created with the idea that they would be used with lacing strings as lacing cards.
This means, put simply, your child will put the string through each hole, as they see fit. This might look like a border around the outside, or across the image. There are so many ways to try this.
You can ask your child which way they would prefer too.
These are a wonderful way to work on fine motor skills, which are an essential skill to have before beginning to write successfully. Fine motor skills help kids button and zip clothes, hold a pencil for writing, feed themselves, and more.
There may be some hesitation at first, but once they get started kids will enjoy the challenge of lacing cards and it’s great for hand-eye coordination too!
This is also a fantastic activity for groups of children since it includes so many different Lacing Cards.
Other Fun Ways to Use This St. Patrick's Day Activity for Kids
You can make these work younger kids, you can talk about the pictures. Included are all the marshmallow shapes in Lucky Charms. So you can identify what shape you see in each image, and so many different colors.
Remember with younger kids it's just about effort. Think of it as process art. They will very likely get it “wrong” but that's the fun of these projects! Learning and trying.
When I first introduce them to lacing cards I stay close because I want to be there in case they feel frustrated, which is SO EASY when they're first learning these skills.
Name one of the objects represented, like balloon, and have your child show you where it is in front of you. When they name the object correctly, they can lace that card.
If they're already super awesome at lacing, you can encourage them to lace in order around the image, or focus on a pattern, for example they can lace “backwards”. Or lace one, then skip one.
There are so many different ways to bring learning into your every day life with your child.
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