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Boot Lacing Frame

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Material

A 12” x 12” wooden frame with two cotton flaps attached along opposite sides of frame. The lower sections of the flaps have eyelets which line up on both sides. The upper sections of the flaps have metal hooks which line up on both sides. A lace is used to join the flaps.

Presentation

  1. Invite the child to the lesson.
  2. Explain to the child that he will learn how to use the boot lacing frame.
  3. Show the child the lacing frame.
  4. Ask the child to bring the boot lacing frame to a table.
  5. Ask the child to watch.
  6. Untie the bow of the boot lacing frame in the same way one learned to do it in the bow exercise.
  7. Point to the lace which is wrapped around the right hook.
  8. Point to where the lace meets the hook.
  9. Use a dominant pincer grip to hold the lace close to where it meets the hook. Pause.
  10. Use a subdominant pincer grip to hold the tip of the lace. Pause.
  11. Slowly pull the lace outward to the right, unwrapping from the hook. Pause.
  12. Slowly pull the lace to the left over the X cross section. Pause.
  13. Slowly place the lace down on the fabric so that the lace now protrudes over the left side of the frame.
  14. Point to the other lace. Pause.
  15. Use a dominant pincer grip to hold the lace close to where it meets the hook. Pause.
  16. Use a subdominant pincer grip to hold the tip of the lace. Pause.
  17. Slowly pull the lace outward to the left, unwrapping from the hook. Pause.
  18. Slowly pull the lace to the right over the X cross section. Pause.
  19. Slowly place the lace down on the fabric so that the lace now protrudes over the right side of the frame.
  20. Repeat this process with each lace three times for the three sets of hooks.
  21. With a dominant pincer grip on the right piece of fabric, use a subdominant pincer grip to pull out one lace through one eyelet.
  22. With a dominant pincer grip on the tip of the lace, and a subdominant pincer grip on the middle, lay the lace down to the side, horizontally.
  23. Once you do one eyelet on one side, do one eyelet on the other side.
  24. Continue this process until you reach the last two eyelets at the top.
  25. Pull this final piece of lace out by reaching under the fabric with your dominant hand, while your subdominant hand holds the frame steady use a pincer grip to grasp the lace and pull it out so that a few inches of lace are exposed on the table at the top of the frame.
  26. With your dominant index finger, pull the lace up into the air about a foot or so until the lace comes all the way out.
  27. Lay the lace down vertically on the left side of the table.
  28. Fold the lace in half so that it fits on the table.
  29. Open the flaps of fabric and show the child the table underneath.
  30. Close the flaps.
  31. Pick up the lace.
  32. Carefully lay the lace down near the top of the table, positioning the aglets near the top of the frame.
  33. Put one aglet about one inch through the underside of the left eyelet.
  34. Put the other aglet about one inch through the underside of the right eyelet.
  35. With a dominant pincer grip, grasp both aglets together.
  36. Place your subdominant hands on the fabric to hold it still, pull the laces evenly through with your dominant hand.
  37. Lay the laces down on their corresponding sides horizontally.
  38. Thread the right aglet under the left fabric and up into the left eyelet.
  39. Thread the left aglet over the right lace, under the right fabric, and up through the right eyelet.
  40. Repeat until you finish threading the laces through the last eyelets.
  41. Point to the lace coming out of the right eyelet.
  42. With a dominant pincer grip, hold the part of the lace close to the eyelet.
  43. With a subdominant pincer grip, hold the tip of the lace.
  44. Move the lace to the left near the first left hook. Pause.
  45. Slowly pull the lace inward to the right, around the hook. Pause.
  46. Slowly pull the lace to the right over the fabric diving line. Pause.
  47. Slowly place the lace down on the fabric so that the lace now protrudes over the right side of the frame.
  48. Point to the other lace coming out of the left eyelet. Pause.
  49. With a dominant pincer grip, hold the part of the lace close to the eyelet.
  50. With a subdominant pincer grip, hold the tip of the lace.
  51. Move the lace to the right near the first right hook. Pause.
  52. Slowly pull the lace inward to the left, around the hook.. Pause.
  53. Slowly pull the lace to the left over the fabric diving line. Pause.
  54. Slowly place the lace down on the fabric so that the lace now protrudes over the left side of the frame.
  55. Repeat this process with each lace three times for the three sets of hooks.
  56. Tie the remaining lace into a bow as learned from the bow exercise.
  57. Ask the child to perform the exercise.

Exercise

Same as presentation.

Points of Interest

Making “X” formation, seeing “X” formation on back side as well. 

Purpose

To learn to tie laces with hooks, to take care of oneself, independence, perseverance, concentration, eye hand coordination, refinement of movement.  

Age

4 1/2 to 5

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