{Play} Valentine’s Day | Lacing Hearts Activity

January 30, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

We had some leftover Elmer’s foam board from the Pottery Barn Woodland Tree Wall Decal knockoff I made last month, so I broke out the X-ACTO knife and cut out some hearts, thinking we would make Valentines.  But while I was sawing away, I inadvertently made some nicks at the edges, and realized I was onto the perfect lacing activity for Jane!

This activity is really simple, but strengthens chubby toddler hands and helps little fingers learn to manipulate something delicate and thin.  I’m hoping this will get Jane ready for shoe lace tying.


  • foam board (or cardboard)
  • yarn (or ribbon)
  • X-ACTO (or a sharp knife)
  • optional:  tape

Step 1

Cut little triangle-shaped notches into your cutout.  I happened to cut out hearts since we’re doing mainly Valentine’s Day crafts this month, but you can do this activity with any shape.

Jane was so excited to get her hands on a heart, she snagged the first one – along with my pencil – and started decorating her Valentine right away!

Step 2

Tape your yarn to the back of the cutout.  You could also just wrap the yarn around the cutout once and tie a knot at the back.

Step 3

Weave and lace away!

I made one, too.

Can you tell which one of us is the uptight one?

LEARN!  Fine motor skills, manual dexterity, concentration, patience

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