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Recommendations for simple threading sets/games?

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Laurajay84 Tue 26-Jul-16 15:12:14

I'm looking for a very simple threading set/toy/game for my three year old. He is very slightly behind in his fine motor skills, however the biggest hurdle is for lots of activities (puzzles, etc) he will only use one hand. We have been told that threading would encourage him to use both hands but all of the sets I've seen look too difficult for him right now.

Any recommendations would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Cakescakescakes Tue 26-Jul-16 15:13:17

I had a Galt set called Fun Buttons which was threading for my ASD son. He really liked it.

Cakescakescakes Tue 26-Jul-16 15:14:15

He also had lots of fine motor problems.

PolterGoose Tue 26-Jul-16 19:01:59

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Crasterwaves Wed 27-Jul-16 14:07:59

We used this set:

LaughingHyena Wed 27-Jul-16 18:12:56

I'll second the idea of pipe cleaners, that bit easier to thread onto than string. DS used to spend ages threading large beads onto pipe cleaners and displaying his creations in the upside down colander.

His other favorite threading activity was 0 shaped cereal, multi grain hoops were fun as there are a few different colours to make patterns. Stared with clean shoe laces and moved to strawberry lace sweets once he got the hang of it. That was a snack that kept his occupied for quite a while grin

PolterGoose Wed 27-Jul-16 18:31:12

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hazeyjane Wed 27-Jul-16 18:42:23

Agree with beads onto pipe cleaners, also pipe cleaners threaded into holes punched in the top of a pringles tube. Threading sets where the thread has a piece of wooden dowel on the end are easiest to start with are easiest to start with. Thick card with holes punched around to thread string or cord through (can make an aglet with electrical tape)

There are lots of good threading, fine motor skill activities and homemade bits on Pinterest.

Crasterwaves Wed 27-Jul-16 18:53:13

The one I posted has a wooden dowel which really helped my ds

hazeyjane Wed 27-Jul-16 18:59:47

This car one on eBay is nice, there is a farm one too


Katemustsew Wed 27-Jul-16 22:24:22

Lot of things to do. Putting pennies in a piggie bank, let him use dominant hand, then get him to use one, then the other. Stick a pipe cleaner upright in playdoh on the table , then thread pasta or beads on to it, he can use one hand to steady it. Once he is confident doing that remove the playdoh. Lots of ideas on pintrest make a board of ones you like and change up the activity daily.

zzzzz Sat 30-Jul-16 08:09:40

Dd forgot how to use her left side. We found she worked better standing up as she often held on with the "strong" hand and so was forced to use week side for fine work wink

Absorbent Minds do lovely toys for this stage. MN don't buy it all, make the stuff you can eg button/zip boards.

Hedgyhoggy Sat 30-Jul-16 08:20:02

We've dyed pasta tubes with a squirt of hand sanitiser and food colouring. Spread out and allow it to dry. Then tape a match stick to the end of a piece of wool and thread away. Different size and varieties of pasta with holes can be found

zzzzz Sat 30-Jul-16 13:35:40

If he has favourite character you can photo copy several times. Stick to firm board and then cut out arms legs wheels etc and use a hole punch to make joining places. Provide pipe cleaners to join it all together. Family members can be funny 😀

Laurajay84 Sat 30-Jul-16 20:44:13

Thank you everyone for the replies - wow - some lovely ideas!

I ended up buying a set with lots of animals with a wooden dowel and string to thread them onto, however DS likes it better taking the pieces in and out of the packaging like an insert puzzle and refuses to have anything to do with the threading string confused

I half expected this to happen - I really need something to catch his interest before he will even want to do it.

Love the ideas with the pipe cleaners and pasta though - will definitely keep trying grin

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