Today, I’m reviewing a set of wooden lacing zoo animals I got for my grandkids. They came from a wonderful curriculum company called Timberdoodle.
Timberdoodle recently contacted me about reviewing a slew of new products. I’ve been a loyal customer for decades and am still using products that I bought from this company thirty years ago. My kids love everything I’ve ever ordered from Timberdoodle. So, of course, I enthusiastically agreed to take a peek at some of their newest offerings.
I plan to review one product per week until I work my way through the box of goodies they sent me, beginning with this adorable set of wooden animals for lacing. My own children are a little old for this set now, but we have 13 grandchildren, over half of whom are the perfect age to enjoy them.
Thankfully, both the figures and the storage box are durably made, so this set should stand up to repeated use. That’s a good thing with my big crew!
The thick nylon laces well-constructed, too. They hold up to strong tugging and resist knotting and tangling.
The holes in the wooden figures are big enough to let the laces pass through easily, but small enough to build fine motor skills and encourage hand-eye coordination.
That makes these wooden lacing zoo animals a perfect challenge for the 2-and-up crowd. I also like the fact that the laces are long enough to reach to all the holes, even if kids don’t follow the intended pattern.
Four large animals comprise the set. But it includes a couple of smaller pieces, as well. That way, kids can practice sewing two pieces together, like the little bird sitting atop this alligator:
Even the older brothers enjoyed trying their had at lacing these cute little zoo animals.
The older they got, the neater the results and the faster they finished. But the big kids didn’t stick with the activity as long as their younger counterparts.
At the rate our kids are having kids, our youngest grandchildren will enjoy lacing these animal shapes for many years to come.
Have little ones at your house who might enjoy this product? You can order your own set of wooden lacing zoo animals through Timberdoodle. It is also included in Timberdoodle’s 2020 Preschool Curriculum Kit.