Adorable DIY Threading Boards That Sharpen Kids Fine Motor Skills

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It’s summertime and that means staying a few steps ahead of your kids, in hopes to avoid that one dreaded exclamation: “I’m bored!” This playful DIY sharpens fine motor skills and can be used again and again. Plus, all of the supplies can be found at your local dollar store.
We keep these threading boards in a special box with a few other “rainy day activities” and pull them out when the old toys are feeling a little too familiar. Each typically take my little one 8-10 minutes with a little aid every now and then. She loves the gratification of the completed board, and often spends even more time pretending with the little characters once they’re threaded.
image source: lily glass
image source: lily glass

DIY Threading Boards


  • Poster board
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Shoe laces (or yarn with tape)
  • Tape


  1. Choose a few fun animal heads/shapes. Think anything with a unique silhouette or interesting angles.
  2. Sketch the animal shapes on a thick poster board and add a simple face.
  3. Cut out the shapes.
  4. Outline the shapes with a series of hole punches.

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  5. If you’re using yarn, cut 3 pieces that are 2′ in length. Wrap a piece of tape around the edges to keep the yarn from fraying and to give your little one a good grip on the tip. Then let them thread away!

    Image Source: Lily Glass
Image Source: Lily Glass
Image Source: Lily Glass
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