Mother's Day Shape Necklace
We had so much fun making this necklace. I really thought my son would lace a few shapes and proclaim he was done but he did every single one! I helped him get the hang of lacing but in true 2 year old fashion he wanted no help after a few times. This can and should be made into a patterning lesson for children ready for that challenge. Fine motor skills, shape recognition and hand-eye coordination all get a great workout while little ones make something for someone special.
1. Gather your materials. You will need foam sheets, scissors, a hole punch, and a large shoe lace. Shoelaces have nice hard tips which make lacing possible. Smaller shoelaces will work but the beads will slide to the bottom so don't forget to tie a knot.
2. Cut different shapes out of the foam. I asked my son which shapes he wanted and cut a handful of each.
3. Time to punch holes. I did this but let my son explore with the hole punch and try doing it himself before moving on to the next step. He was trying so hard I never got a still shot.
4. Start lacing! With this oversized lace you don't need a knot at the end, but skinny laces will.
5. Celebrate when children successfully add a shape! Ask them to name the shape and color.
6. Tie a bow.
been teaching young children in various capacities since 1993. She
started as a day camp leader in high school, taught various preschool
programs at community centers through university, worked as a tutor
while pursuing a second degree in elementary education, and most
recently worked as a director and preschool teacher before becoming a
full time mom. Now that she is at home she keeps one foot in education
while sharing that side of her life with her son and the results have