Looking for fun Valentine’s Day craft for your child? This lacing heart is an excellent fine motor activity! It involves folding, cutting, punching holes, lacing and writing.
- hole punch
- writing utensils
Have them, or help them draw half of a heart and cut it out.
Next, use a hole punch to make holes along the edges. I really like using single hole punches in therapy. The bigger ones are usually too hard for my friends to squeeze on their own. The small ones are the perfect size for little hands and are great for strengthening those intrinsic hand muscles of the hand that are so, so important! Having them get the paper between the two metal pieces takes some serious coordination, too.
Once they are happy with their holes, cut a piece of yarn and tape it to the back of the heart so that it won’t pull all the way through when they start lacing. Have them lace through the holes all around the heart, then, tape it off at the end. Sometimes I have to put a little tape at the end of the yarn to keep it from fraying while they are lacing.
Lacing is a classic fine motor skill that requires bilateral coordination, a refined grasp (tripod or pincer), distal movement of the fingers, separation of the right and left sides of the hand (think of all the things you do with your thumb, index and middle fingers—buttoning, zipping, turning a key, etc.), hand- eye coordination and motor planning!
Depending on their developmental level, they can draw, write or copy whatever they want on the card. It would be a perfect Valentine for grandparents!
My little one made many of these around Valentine’s Day last year and for many months after—for all occasions! Punching the holes is her favorite part. : )
I hope your little people enjoy this one, too!