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Lacing Frame

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Material

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

Presentation

  1. Invite the child to the lesson.
  2. Explain that the child will learn how to use the lacing frame.
  3. Show the child the lacing frame.
  4. Ask the child to bring the lacing frame to a table.
  5. Ask the child to watch.
  6. Untie the bow of the lacing frame in the same way one learned to do it in the bow exercise.
  7. Place the laces horizontally on their sides of the frame.
  8. With a dominant pincer grip on the right piece of fabric, use a subdominant pincer grip to pull out one lace through one eyelet.
  9. 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.
  10. Once you do one eyelet on one side, do one eyelet on the other side.
  11. Continue this process until you reach the last two eyelets at the top.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Lay the lace down vertically on the left side of the table.
  15. Fold the lace in half so that it fits on the table.
  16. Open the flaps of fabric and show the child the table underneath.
  17. Close the flaps.
  18. Pick up the lace.
  19. Carefully lay the lace down near the top of the table, positioning the aglets near the top of the frame.
  20. Put one aglet about one inch through the underside of the left eyelet.
  21. Put the other aglet about one inch through the underside of the right eyelet.
  22. With a dominant pincer grip, grasp both aglets together.
  23. Place your subdominant hands on the fabric to hold it still, pull the laces evenly through with your dominant hand.
  24. Lay the laces down on their corresponding sides horizontally.
  25. Thread the right aglet under the left fabric and up into the left eyelet.
  26. Thread the left aglet over the right lace, under the right fabric, and up through the right eyelet.
  27. Repeat until you reach the last eyelets.
  28. Tie the remaining lace into a bow as learned from the bow exercise.
  29. 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, to take care of oneself, independence, perseverance, concentration, eye hand coordination, refinement of movement.

Age

4 1/2 to 5

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