Lace & Trace Shapes lacing set

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For both boys and girls in the two-year-old, three-year-old, and four-year-old age range, a neat gift would be the Melissa & Doug Lace and Trace Shapes ($13) lacing set. It consists of a set of different types of painted shapes in the package – all made from sturdy and durable card material – that have punched holes in them, and a variety of colorful shoe string-like laces that can be run through the holes in whatever fashion the child desires. Kids in this range are learning about patterns, as well as practicing the motor dexterity of maneuvering these laces in and out of the holes. It’s a good opportunity to reinforce recognizable shapes and colors, to talk about sewing, introduce the idea of tying shoes, and encourage the concept of making a pattern. Melissa and Doug products are known to be quality products with a trusted playability with children.

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