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Lacing card flop, any advice?

Posted by on Jul. 5, 2011 at 11:12 PM
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I can't seem to get my pre-ks interested in their lacing cards. At first my DD, 4yro, was excited and the first two times we did them she didn't want to stop. My DS, 3yro, hasn't cared much from the beginning, and even less now. I don't get them out often, perhaps once a week or every other week. About the 3rd or 4th time doing them my kids lost interest quickly. Now they find alternative things to do with the strings and cards to my dismay, unless I'm right on top of them. I know it's not the most exciting thing, lacing, but I've read many have had a lot of success with them. So am I expecting to much out of the activity or am I using them in the wrong setting- I've been trying to utilize it as a quiet time activity. I thought I'd give it time and perhaps my kids would warm up to them. I don't intend on giving up/getting rid of them, especially with my DS#2, 1yro, coming up in school readiness. If I'm missing something I'd like a clue. Thanks :) 

by on Jul. 5, 2011 at 11:12 PM
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by on Jul. 5, 2011 at 11:55 PM

I dunno, I thought my DD would love it too & went through the effort of making them, then it turned out to be a big ol' Nope!

by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 12:05 AM

thought my kids would love them, but, instead of lacing them they would put the string through 2 holes and drag the things around or decorate the house with them. they would hang them off of every door.

by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 1:38 AM

dd is not very fond of the ones we have either. she likes to try to them up in knots..i mean bows...she calls them  bows instead of lacing them.

by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 8:15 AM

 We never did lacing cards. But are you using shapes they like? Is there some reward when they are done, like with a puzzle? Do they get to choose the colors yarn they use?

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by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Well here's my 2 cents, since you asked LOL

What are your kids going to miss out on in life if they never do lacing cards? Is it going to effect their job choices? Their morals? Will they end up on drugs, homeless, in jail, etc because they didn't ever do lacing cards?

Let them use their imgaination to use the cards and string how they wish. There are many other things they can do do work on the same skills.

Why do you feel the need to push them to do them? (I don't mean that in a bad way-I mean when I butt heads with my own kids I ask myself that question)

As parents, we have to pick our battles with our kids. As homeschooling mothers, I think it spills over into education. You have to decide what is important enough to push and what we can try and let go and move on if it dosen't work-That's the great thing about homeschooling!


by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Since you asked, I hate lacing cards. I never saw the point. Is it a dexterity thing? I think it's good that your children turned them into an activity that they can enjoy. They used their imagination, that's a good thing.

by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Ok so I'm gonna be a total goober and ask... uhh what are lacing cards? 

by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 6:36 PM

 hahahah i dont think mine ever laced cards!hahahaha

what am i missing!!??

by on Jul. 7, 2011 at 12:15 AM

We got them & used them a few times..

Ive had better luck with beading! Use the laces from the card (or old shoe, or buy new pretty ones from the store) and then go to your Hobby Lobby/Michaels/WalMart & get a big value pack of beads.. These are GREAT because it can help with not only dexterity but you can have them organize the beads by shape/size/color, they can create patterns, and count & learn colors! :)

by on Jul. 7, 2011 at 10:17 AM middle DD4 loves lacing cards. So much so to the point of me having to laminate, cut out, hole punch the holes, so she wouldn't keep tearing them up. She feels so accomplished when she completes one and runs to show me what she did. If she skips a hole or goes to the wrong hole she gets so upset and asks for help to fix it.

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