My next door neighbor inspired a love of dinosaurs in my son. Adam, the neighbor, could tell me anything I ever wanted to know about dinosaurs – and more.
When we first met Adam, he and my son were four years old. Isaac had no previous affinity for dinosaurs. But, what’s a boy to do when your best friend eats, sleeps, and breathes all things dinosaur?
Isaac quickly developed a love of dinosaurs. When we began our homeschool journey that year, studying dinosaurs seemed only natural.
Movies like The Land Before Time were a big hit in our house at that time. We had dinosaurs in our bathtub and in the sandbox. We stocked our shelves with books about dinosaurs and learned everything we could about them. If you have young dinosaur lovers in your house, I’m sure you can relate.
For your youngest dinosaur fans, I’ve created some super fun dinosaur lacing cards! Lacing cards are great for helping little ones work on their hand-eye coordination and for building fine motor skills.
This is a pretty easy activity to prepare. Just print out the lacing cards (below), laminate them for stability, and punch holes around the perimeter of each card. Then, let your little one starting lacing.
A few notes about lacing cards:
- If you don’t have a lacing kit at home with lacing string, you can use an old shoelace or a piece of yarn with some tape at the end. The tape will help keep the yarn from fraying.
- For younger children, I don’t worry about how they lace the shape. The goal for beginners is just to get the string in each of the holes. If the zigzag back and forth across the lacing card, that is okay. At this point, they’re working more on hand-eye coordination.
- As they get the hang of lacing, older children should focus on lacing the perimeter in order. This will help with their sequencing skills as they move from one hole to the next. At this point, I focus on up in one hole down in the next so that they are not skipping holes.