Toddler lacing play can turn into a pre-sewing activity. This can be the beginning of learning the sewing rhythm. The hand-eye coordination needed is amazing and develops after repetitive sessions.
Tips for Successful Toddler Lacing Play as a Pre-S
Play for only short periods of
Try different settings or
Only play until no longer
Introduce a new lacing toy
Add variety to the lacing play by introducing new lacing toys. This keeps the learning fun and challenging.
Have the child pick the activity
Being a seamstress, I naturally want them to pick sewing related activities. It’s hard for me to give my grandchildren activity choices and have them pick Play-Doh, again.
Begin the pre-sewing activity
Add more skills to the same toy. The tracing toys can be used to teach a running stitch (alternating lacing front to back, then back to front) and a whip stitch (continuously lacing back to front) when they get more coordinated.
Warning: If beginning under 3 years old, beware of long strings. Only use under supervision or cut strings in half.
Have you tried toddler lacing play as a pre-sewing activity? Have you tried other pre-sewing activities?
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Resources for Toddler Lacing Play
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