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Threading, lacing and dressing

This section includes products designed to help children practice threading, lacing, fastening and dressing skills.

Fastening products are designed to be worn (e.g. vests or jackets) or are toys (e.g. dressing pillows, cubes, dolls or books). Products include a range of fastenings such as zips, laces, buttons, buckles, Velcro and press studs. Many are comprised of bright colours, but may also be available in black and white or contrasting colours. This may make them suitable for children with visual impairments.

Lacing and threading products can encourage hand-eye coordination, stimulate manipulation skills and can also enable children to work on counting, sorting and matching skills. Products include threading beads, toy shoes and blocks for practicing lacing.

Sliding puzzles and mazes can help to improve a child's dexterity (the ability to coordinate movements in the hands). Most have a wooden base and wires with loops, hoops and twists that may be shaped into designs such as a car, butterfly or boat. Some are incorporated into tables and others may be wall mounted. Those that glow in the dark might be suitable for use in a multisensory environment. Also included are rotating disc puzzles that have a vertical column with discs which must be rotated to get on and off the column.

Nuts and bolts toys may be comprised of a wooden base board or block with a central post and plastic bolts, or just a set of screws and nuts. Those with larger sized pieces may be easier for children with reduced grip to handle and fit together.

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Wooden Lacing Shoe
Lacing shoe. Comprises: wooden shoe with laces.
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Wooden Lace Up Shoes
Wooden lace up shoes. Comprises: left and right hand flat shaped shoes with laces.
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Threading Tree
Threading tree. Comprises: wooden green tree; trunk forms handle; ten holes; yellow and black wooden wasp on threading cord.
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Threading Butterfly
Butterfly-shaped device to encourage threading skills. The body of the butterfly is held in one hand while the thread is passed in and out of the hole...
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Lacing Shoes Threading Activity
Wooden lacing shoes. Comprises cat or mouse design.
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Laces For Threading
Plastic tipped coloured laces. Available in packs of ten.
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Lacing Shoes
Lacing shoes. Comprises: wooden shoes with brightly coloured laces; designed to help hand to eye coordination development.
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Roller Coaster Bead Frame
Dexterity game. Comprises two parallel wooden blocks, and a range of coloured hoops and twists along which beads are threaded.
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Big Sensory Book
Large multicoloured fabric book. Comprises: nine pages, each having a different activity; dressing tasks; alphabet; sounds; textures; numbers. Can be ...
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Wooden Lacing Shapes
Shapes to encourage threading and lacing activity. Comprises: four wooden blocks with holes for lacing; wooden threader with threading lace; blocks ar...
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Wooden Lacing Fruits
Set of shapes for threading and lacing development. Comprises: 21 brightly coloured fruit shapes with holes through the centre; three wooden threaders...
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Wall Panels
Range of activity cubes and panels designed to offer visual, auditory and tactile sensory stimulation. Comprises: range includes an activity paddle wh...
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Undo Me Mini Cube
Cube designed to develop fastening skills. Comprises: each side of the cube features a task requiring a different skill including laces, buttons, zips...
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Twist And Turn Puzzle
Shape recognition puzzle. Comprises: wooden base with three differently-shaped vertical wooden posts; nine wooden discs in a range of shapes and colou...
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Threading Rings Activity Set
Threading ring. Comprises: wooden toy; base; upright post; horizontal pole; coloured rings of varying size. Can be used vertically or horizontally. Mi...
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Threading Pebbles
Threading pebbles. Comprises: sixteen stone and resin threading pebbles; four different shapes; pair of laces.
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Threading Hands
Threading hands. Comprises: 72 plastic hands; six laces; plastic storage box.
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Threading Cheese
Toy to develop threading skills. Comprises cheese with holes through which mouse is moved to lace the tail through the holes.
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Thread Heads Unique Threading Set
Character heads with holes for lacing. Comprises: wooden; lacing holes surround the character head; stand; laces.
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String Threader
Threader. Comprises: chunky wooden needle with string attached; ball-shaped beads; cylindrical beads.
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Portable coloured bead wire maze designed to develop fine motor skills.
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Shapes Motor Skills Activity Board
Shapes motor skills activity board. Comprises: wooden board; wooden shapes with pegs for positioning.
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Shape Labyrinth Puzzle
Labyrinth track finder board. Comprises: wooden baseboard; coloured wooden geometric shapes which are moved along the tracks to an end point with a co...
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Sensory Snap Beads
Sensory beads designed to develop hand eye co-ordination. Comprises: 14 bead shapes made of plastic that join together by pushing a small peg in one b...
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