strips develops strong fingers as children create recognizable
objects such as :
Just like with puzzles, children need to discriminate spatial, size and
length relationships in order to fit pieces together.
One strip can be woven through only 2 notches to make a vertical
or diagonal cross. Note that I designed the yellow and red diagonal
cross so that after they are connected, they remain in the diagonal X
relationships. The blue and orange cross can simply be rotated to be
either vertical or diagonal. Many 4-6 year old children struggle with
forming the diagonal lines required to write letters such as X, Y, W,
V or M. This activity helps children to discriminate the vertical
and diagonal lines that form letters and numbers.
become adept at weaving through 2 notches they are ready to weave
through several notches in one "line" and then shapes that have 2 or
Punching holes in the strip is optional and adds complexity since the
child will have to align the 2 pieces before lacing.....
Gift Box The yellow strip is woven horizontally
across. The pink bow is
children that rectangles are made of short and long lines.
directionality terms-"across","up", "down", "horizontal" and "vertical"
as they weave "in" and "out".
This rectangle is a bit trickier because the child needs to position
each L shape matching long and short sides before weaving them into
Weaving shapes with only 2 notches is similar to stringing beads but
develops strong fingers as they push the plastic through. Weaving
requires more advanced motor planning skills and attaching these small
valentines to create a belt or head piece is a great way to begin.