Fall leaf lacing is an easy way to practice fine motor skills. Doing activities like this help prepare children for writing and more detailed hand work. Using sturdy fall leaves instead of lacing cards makes it both economical and eco-friendly.
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Fall Leaf Lacing
Fall leaf lacing is a fine motor activity where the child will be invited to thread yarn through holes punched into a leaf. Practicing fine motor activities like this help develop the fine muscles in the hand necessary for writing and more detailed hand work.
- Sturdy fall leaves. We used magnolia leaves.
- Mod Podge (optional)
- Foam Brush (optional)
- Single hole punch
- Needlepoint hand needle.
- Any color of yarn.
Step 1 – Mod Podge (optional)
Use a foam brush to paint Mod Podge onto both sides of the leaf you will be using. This will both preserve the leaf and help strengthen it. This is optional – you do not have to do this for the activity to work. Allow to dry.
Step 2 – Punch holes in leaf
Use a single hole punch to make a lacing pattern around the edges of the leaves.
Step 3 – Thread needle
- Use yarn in any combo that will fit through your needle.
- Cut a long enough section of yarn to double up and be long enough to lace the leaf.
- Bring yarn or thread all the way through needle to meet the other end.
- Tie several thumb knots so that the knot won’t pull through the punched hole in the leaf.
Step 4 – Invite child to lace leaves
- If your child has never done any lacing activities demonstrate it for them from start to finish first. Do it exactly as you would like it to be done. Children learn best by imitation.
- Have child lace the leaf or leaves.
Fall leaf lacing is a fun way to practice fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are necessary for later writing skills and more detailed hand work. Using sturdy fall leaves makes it both eco-friendly and economical. When finished they are a lovely craft that you can display.