This ABC Lacing Card hack makes learning alphabetical order easy as.. ABC! 😉
Instead of buying every single learning activity on the market, I like to DIY a lot of our at-home learning supplies! I think lacing cards are cute and fun and provide an excellent opportunity to strengthen fine motor skills- I just don’t want to spend money buying them if I can make my own for less!
ABC Lacing Card Hack- Alphabetical order
We all know how important teaching our kids the alphabet is, but it is also important for them to understand alphabetical order. They can probably sing the song but understanding what alphabetical order means in practicality can be a little more difficult. This ABC lacing card hack is perfect for developing this skill!
I want to throw this out there because it’s related to the topic- I’m not a huge fan of ABC lacing cards that encourage kids to lace the shape of a letter. For many letters, it is awkward to lace a shape in the order that you would write it in, and lacing doesn’t do a great job reinforcing the idea that letters are made up of consistent lines- the weaving in and out disrupts that flow!
That said, if you’re looking for an ABC activity that builds a solid foundation for handwriting, I recommend this set from Learning Resources!
And now, back to our program! 😉
How To Do The ABC Lacing Cards Hack
This little hack is so simple and flexible. No lacing cards needed- just a PAPER PLATE! I also used a hole punch, a random piece of cord, and a marker.
Don’t have a plate? Use a piece of cardstock.
Don’t have a cord? Use yarn.
Don’t have a marker? Use a pencil.
I think you get the idea!
Start by punching 26 holes into the side of the plate, one for each letter of the alphabet.
Above each hole, write a letter (decide if you want to do capital or lower case!). Put them in random order are the rim of the plate- that way your child has to think about and search for what comes next!
Tie the cord at the “A” so the string doesn’t get pulled all the way through- this would be a good time to teach your child how to tie a basic knot!
Next step- let your kid have at it! Ask them to start at A and go through the alphabet until they get to Z, weaving in and out of the holes as they go!
This is also a fantastic activity for helping children strengthen their fine motor skills- super important for handwriting! Lacing the cord in and out of the holes strengthens all those little finger muscles that are needed for holding a pencil, using a zipper, tying shoes, etc.
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