Thursday, December 10, 2009

Quick Activity: Christmas Lacing Cards

I don't know what the weather's been like where you live, but it's been plain wack-a-doo around here. I'm knocking on wood right now because in the last three hours the temperature has dropped probably twenty degrees, and it actually feels wintry, just a little. But last week, it was hot, it was humid, and it was raining--a lot. One morning last week with both little ones home and no outside play, I needed a busy kid activity. I glanced over at the Christmas decorations and saw, conveniently next to my yarn basket, my stash of last year's cards. I save them for ornaments, gift tags, and who knows what else. On this day, they would become lacing cards, and who knew they would buy me a good half hour of mama time.

I chose cards that had large images, so that punching their outlines was feasible.
I cut an appropriate length of yarn for lacing and used scotch tape to make the ends easy for little hands to thread.Big B and little b traded cards, made new designs, and practiced their fine motor skills for much longer than I had anticipated. The cards make a fine addition to their very own Christmas table, growing each day with sweet activities just for them, complete with a little tree, lights, and ornaments they can yank off as often as they'd like.


Mama Bird said...

Great idea! I'm going to make some of these up today. Please share with us what else is on the kids' Christmas table... I love this idea.

Kangaroo said...

Thanks Mama B! Right now on the table are...
--miniature tree, decorated
--paper chains
--santa hat
--the lacing cards
--christmas books
--christmas finger puppets
--little wooden christmas candleholders and wooden candles

I know this last one is weird, but they came in a huge bag of unpainted wooden holiday figurines I'll be using to create a winter scene, and they didn't really belong--and Big B and little b love putting the candles in and out of the different holders!