Lacing Tray Invitation to Play

By | September 13, 2013

Lacing Tray Invitation to Play!

lacing invitation

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 Play

Our 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!
lacing fine motor trio 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! lacing square trio  

1. Felt squares with a slit cut in the middle (we have lots of felt!)

2. Wooden beads of various sizes

3. Pasta!

4. Lacing frogs (2nd hand store find)

5. Unifix cubes (they have holes!)

6. The middle compartment had several different color laces

lacing duo

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!

lacing single

What did I do with the tray after we had played with it a few times? I turned it into a busy bag for our basket!

lacing busy bag

I love to hear from you! Please leave a comment, share or pin if you have enjoyed this invitation to play!

15 thoughts on “Lacing Tray Invitation to Play

  1. Susan @Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

    Love this! A similar activity that is popular with my kids (even the 13-year-old 😉 is to make “sewing squares” from plastic canvas (you can buy it at the craft store near the yarn). The holes are available in different sizes and you can even get colored canvas. They “sew” with plastic lacing and laces similar to what you have here to make designs.

  2. Missy

    I like the idea of turning it into a busy bag when you were done with the tray! That’s a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum

    This is such a great invitation to play – I love threading it’s creative and great for fine motor skills. Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots last week and just letting you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.

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  6. Laura M

    Oh it WOULD be a great busy bag idea! We tried lacing a little too early with my daughter and I put the items away and forgot about them! Need to get them back out, I think this is perfect for her right now! I like the idea of offering multiple different types of items rather than just one type. Allows for some great creativity, and of course fine motor work! 😀

    1. littlebins Post author

      I like how it gives the parent the opportunity to choose items to suit the needs of the child. Glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Angelina

    I love how you put a few different activities on one tray so your child can easily and quickly go from one to another–and so easy to clean up too!

    1. littlebins Post author

      We have to think fast here! Thanks so much and hope it comes in handy for you too!


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