19. Threading

Children's Activities - ThreadingThreading is a great activity for a child to develop their fine-motor skills. This prepares them for future tasks such as writing and tying shoelaces. Visit our website for some fun threading ideas

There are many threading activities children can do from threading objects onto a length of cord etc through to threading a cord in and out of holes made around the edge of a card – a great example of this activity can be viewed on the Kidspot website.

Depending on their age and ability use either a length of thin plastic tubing, soft wire, a shoe lace, or wool to thread objects onto.

Objects for threading can be cotton reels, bottle tops, small lids, shells etc with holes drilled in them, buttons, paper patty cups, cut up lengths of straws etc. Older children can use a blunt round ended darning needle with supervision. Always supervise play where there are small objects involved.


Threading objects helps children develop their small muscles and control, together with their hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills.

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