We have fond memories of sitting in the corner at school during play time on rainy days and lacing little shapes until our fingers could lace no more. They're a great way to help fine-tune early motor skills and are a snap to make from repurposed household items.
Laura over at SortaCrunchy has a great little tutorial up, that if you have your own home printer, or know someone who does, this project can be done for nothing once you've accumulated a few pieces of cardboard or thick card stock type material.
By gluing down a printout of an animal to a section of old cereal box, these lacing cards are almost complete. Holes were punched and all was ready to go. These are a great thing for on the go or at home and are the perfect thing to pass the time at a busy doctors office or while you're trying to get dinner going.
Make sure to check out the full tutorial over at SortaCrunchy and see what other animals and shapes she create!