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.
has 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 been amazing.