This is a great activity to practise fine motor skills and basic sewing which can sure come in handy for kids as they grow!  Pop a few in a pencil case and they are terrific for at a restaurant or car ride. (We can attest to that!)


Make your own lacing shapes: Materials at

  • Craft foam
  • Scissors
  • Single hole punch
  • Laces (you can purchase these at a craft store or educational store, or use an extra one meant for shoes) OR yarn with a bit of clear tape wrapped around the end to create a stiff end to aid in threading through the holes)
  • Pencil


  • Draw a  shape that you like out of craft foam.  Cut it out.

Make your own lacing shapes: Draw your shape at

Make your own lacing shapes: Cut our your shape at

  • Flip your shape over (so you can’t see the pencil lines and punch holes around the perimeter of the shape.  For smaller children use a larger hole size and punch fewer holes, wider apart.  For older children, a smaller hole size, closer together and more.

Make your own lacing shapes: Punch holes around the perimeter at

  • Secure the lace at one end to the foam with a knot.
  • Sew around the edges, trying different stitches (up and down, around etc.)

Make your own lacing shapes at

Make your own lacing shapes at


  • Hand/eye coordination, fine motor skill development, personalization

Safety Notes

  • Use scissors with adult supervision.
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