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.