We had so much fun making this necklace craft. I really pictured my son lacing a few shapes and proclaiming he was done but he did every single one! I helped him get the hang of lacing but in true 2-year-old fashion, he wanted no help after a few times. This can and should be made into a patterning lesson for children ready for that challenge. Fine motor skills, shape recognition, and hand-eye coordination all get a great workout while your little one makes something for someone special.
- Gather your materials. You will need some foam sheets, scissors, a hole punch, and a large shoelace. Shoelaces have a nice hard tip which makes lacing possible. Smaller shoelaces will work but the beads will pool at the bottom so don’t forget to tie a knot.
- Cut out different shapes from the foam. I asked my son which shapes he wanted and cut a handful of each.
- Time to punch holes. I did this but let my son explore with the hole punch and try before moving on to the next step. He tried so hard I never got a still shot.
- Start lacing! With this oversized lace, you don’t need a knot at the end, but skinny laces will.
- Celebrate when they get a shape on and be sure to ask what shape and color it is.
- Then, tie a bow to complete the necklace craft.
- Wear it proudly, moms!