Plastic Lacing Needles
Practice threading and sewing activities with these great plastic lacing needles. These child -friendly lacing needles are rounded at the tip, and very easy to use. They come in a pack including 32 needles, and are 7cm long.
These Lacing Needles are excellent for Fine Motor Development Activities
The needle threads easily. The eye of the needle is flexible, pry it open, insert the strand of wool, or lace, and pinch it closed again.
Use the lacing needles to string beads, sew buttons, or any multitude of activities.
Using the Lacing Needles helps children adjust to using different shapes tools in their hands. It helps them because the needle is fine and small, and they have small hands and are usually used to chunky crayons, and brushes- so it’s good practice for them holding a smaller object as they graduate to pencils and pens and other small work tools like fine paint brushes.
Working with the Lacing needles is also great for aiming and hand-eye-coordination which is another facet of developing fine motor skills – them actually getting the needle to go where they want it can be a challenge for some at first but because it’s a simple task they are more likely to stick with it and therefore get better.
Any ‘fine motor skills’ type activity helps build strength in their hands, so be it practicing sewing, playdough, using scissors etc it is important that the kids get strength in their hands so that they can steadily and accurately use tools such as needles, scissors, hold a pencil and so forth.
Here is a client’s idea for starting the kids off with sewing
“The first activity I did with them was actually paper sewing. It’s so easy to set up and a great starter for kids just learning. Simply get some sheets of paper and using a felt tip marker make dots or small circles on the sheet where you want the children to poke the needle through, I used a mix of straight lines, zig zags and random dots on the page. I used wool for our first attempts as I found having a thick thread made them more aware of where it was and harder to get all tangled up. They were suprisingly speedy and I had to keep marking up new sheets as they zoomed through the few I had pre-prepared.”