Back to School Lacing Cards

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These back to school lacing cards are a perfect activity for the 1st day of school. You can print out the cards and let younger kids use string to lace through the holes and develop their fine motor skills!

Back to school lacing cards.

Why You’ll Love This Printable

Our Back to School Lacing Cards are more than just a fun activity; they’re a versatile learning tool that caters to different learning styles. Here’s why you’ll love them:

  • Educational Fun: They combine play with skill development, focusing on fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
  • Versatile Use: Suitable for various settings – homeschool, classrooms, or just as a fun activity at home.
  • Customizable: Choose between full-color cards to captivate attention or black and white versions for a coloring and lacing combo activity.

Materials Needed

Back to school lacing cards.

To make the most out of these lacing cards, you’ll need:

  • Card stock (to print the cards on)
  • Scissors (for cutting out the cards)
  • A hole punch (to create lacing holes)
  • String, yarn, or shoelaces (for threading through the cards)


Print the Cards: Select the full-color or black-and-white lacing cards and print them on card stock.

Cut Out the Images: Use scissors to carefully cut around the border of each card.

Punch Holes: Use a hole punch to make holes along the edges of the card images.

Lace Your Card: Thread the string or yarn through the holes to complete the lacing activity.

Printable Preview

The Back to School Lacing Cards printable set is designed to enhance fine motor skills and engage young learners in a fun, thematic way.

This set comes packed with eight back to school images, each symbolizing classic elements of the school experience. Here’s what you can expect in this versatile printable pack:

  1. Backpack: A quintessential school item, perfect for lacing and discussing school preparedness.
  2. Pencil: An everyday school essential, offering a simple yet engaging lacing outline.
  3. Alarm Clock: A reminder of time management and daily routines, with interesting edges for lacing.
  4. Glue: A crafty addition, providing a unique shape for threading laces through.
  5. Calculator: Great for introducing mathematical concepts while enjoying the lacing activity.
  6. Notebook: Symbolic of learning and note-taking, with a straightforward design for lacing.
  7. Basketball: Adding a touch of sports and physical education to the mix, with a fun, round shape for lacing.
  8. Scissors: An art and craft staple, offering a slightly complex shape for a lacing challenge.

We also made sure to include a cute full color verision and a printer friendly black and white version.

Back to school lacing cards.

Full Color Version: These are vibrantly illustrated to attract attention and engage the child’s senses, perfect for immediate use without needing any additional coloring.

Back to school lacing cards.

Black and White Version: Ideal for those who enjoy customizing their learning materials. Children can color these images before lacing, adding a creative dimension to the activity and making each card uniquely theirs.

All these images are compiled into a single PDF file, making it convenient to download and print. Whether you opt for the colorful version to captivate young minds or the black and white for a personalized touch, these lacing cards are sure to provide hours of educational fun, all while supporting the development of crucial fine motor skills.

Educational Uses, Tips, and Activities

The Back to School Lacing Cards are not just fun and engaging; they are also incredibly versatile in their educational applications. Here are some ideas on how you can maximize their use, along with tips and activities to enhance the learning experience:

Educational Uses

  1. Fine Motor Skills Development: Lacing helps in strengthening the small muscles of the hand, improving hand-eye coordination, and enhancing dexterity, which are essential for writing, buttoning, and other daily activities.
  2. Learning and Recognition: Use the cards to discuss each item, its purpose, and its relevance to school, fostering vocabulary development and object recognition.
  3. Counting Practice: Encourage children to count the holes on each card or count as they lace, integrating math skills with motor skill development.
  4. Pattern Creation: As children thread the string through the holes, they can create patterns or sequences, introducing basic patterning and sequencing concepts.


  1. Progressive Difficulty: Start with simpler shapes like the pencil or notebook for beginners, gradually moving to more complex shapes like the scissors or alarm clock as children’s skills improve.
  2. Reusability: Laminate the cards after printing and cutting them out. This way, they can withstand more wear and tear, making them durable for repeated use.
  3. Customization: Allow children to personalize the black and white versions with their coloring, which adds a creative dimension and sense of ownership over the activity.


  1. Thematic Discussions: Initiate conversations about each item on the cards. Discuss its use, its importance in school, and any personal experiences the children might have with them.
  2. Storytelling Prompts: Use the lacing cards as prompts for storytelling or creative writing. For instance, students can create a story around the day in the life of a backpack or imagine what adventures a basketball might have had.
  3. Color Matching Game: For the full-color version, provide threads in multiple colors and ask children to match the thread color with the primary color of the card, enhancing color recognition skills.
  4. Sensory Exploration: Incorporate different textures of strings, ribbons, or yarns. This variation can turn the lacing activity into a sensory play, allowing children to explore and feel different textures as they lace.

Incorporating these lacing cards into your educational toolkit can provide children with a playful and stimulating way to develop essential skills, explore their creativity, and connect with the world around them.

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