Sit Still Activities - DIY Shoelace Threading

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I'm always looking for easy activities to bring along in the car or to restaurants/cafes to keep the kids quiet (and still). Even if it's only for five minutes.

Shoelace threading is a great activity because it requires fine motor skills for both the threading and the unthreading.

I've seen these sorts of toys in shops, but I knew there would be a way to make a DIY version at home on the cheap. I gave it some thought, and this is what I came up with. It's really cheap and best of all, the kids get to customise the pictures themselves! 

Here's what you need:

  • Colouring in pictures (or let the kids draw something themselves)
  • pens/markers/pencils/crayons/paint (whatever you like)
  • Shoelaces
  • Laminator (or if you don't have one, just use the clear contact used for covering school books)
  • Hole punch (a one-hole punch is easiest, but you could use a two-hole punch as well).

And here's what you do:

  1. Colour in your pictures and cut around them leaving some background space
  2. Laminate or cover the pictures
  3. Use the hole punch to punch out holes around the edges
  4. You're done!

It doesn't get much easier than that! 

Stash the cards and some shoelaces in your handbag and pull them out when you're stuck in traffic, waiting for your food order or even stuck in a waiting room.

I can't promise you hours of entertainment, but if you're anything like me when I'm stuck waiting somewhere with kids, even five minutes peace is enough!