Cardboard threading is a simple fine motor challenge that’s perfect for little hands.
Cut a piece of thin, cardboard into an oval shape. Then, use a hole punch to create holes along the perimeter of the oval. Secure a piece of string to the cardboard shape by tying it through a hole and measure how much string you’ll need by lacing the string through each hole. Trim the string to the proper length and place a small amount of tape around the tip of the string to make it easier to thread and more durable. Unthread the string and guide your child on how to push the string through first, then pull it tight until they’ve completed the oval on their own.
- Fine Motor- Builds strength and coordination of small movements in hands to pick up, squeeze, twist, cut, and manipulate tools and toys.
- Listening (Receptive Language)- Understands and interprets language (both words and gestures). Communicates or acts in response to language and verbal cues.
- Attention & Perseverance- Maintains attention on people, things, and projects. Persists in understanding and mastering activities, even if challenging.