Lacing Tray Invitation to Play!
These simple plastic party store or dollar store serving platters make a great organizer for our invitations to play!We have been using them for all sorts of play and practice including lacing practice (above), cutting skills practice, number & color games, playdough play and even color mixing. For us, these trays provide the right amount of visual stimulation and appeal that Liam's needs to stay in engaged and enjoy the activity.
Lacing PlayOur latest creation is this lacing tray. I created it with odds and ends from around the house. He is still in need of fine motor skills work, but not all activities appeal to him. Rather than buying specific toys or activities made just for lacing, I have scoured 2nd hand stores for this and that to add to these trays. This way I can always create something new and appealing! Here are the items I selected for our lacing tray. Certainly anything with a hole works and anything lace-able that interests your child works too! Hopefully this gives you a fun idea to try with your supplies on hand. Plus you can choose items based on your child's ability, tiny openings or gigantic openings. Ours are pretty big so that he feels confident, successful and eager to do more. As we go on, I hope the holes will get smaller!
1. Felt squares with a slit cut in the middle (we have lots of felt!)
2. Wooden beads of various sizes
4. Lacing frogs (2nd hand store find)
5. Unifix cubes (they have holes!)
6. The middle compartment had several different color laces
We enjoyed playing together, making necklaces too. We asked each other to chose different colors, so we ended up doing some color recognition skills too. He wanted to stop and count them often. Why not! He managed to put 32 items on his. Great for counting skills. Waiting in the wings was my trusty number and color dice just in case it didn't go so well. Open ended play is difficult for us but adding dice gives it a more concrete feel for him. We ended up not needing it though!