At the beginning of October our church held its semi-annual General Conference--2 whole days of listening to inspiring and uplifting messages. I love listening to Conference . . . but with 4 little boys in the house sometimes it's a challenge to actually get to sit and listen. I try to come up with distractions for the boys that will allow us all to listen. One of the things I came up with this year was lacing cards. Mr. J has been bringing home lacing cards from school and loves to do them.
Honestly, this was such an easy project that I don't know why I didn't think of it before! First I got online and printed up several pictures of temples. (I chose temples because I wanted something church related but you could do this for any picture . . . in fact, it might be fun to do pictures of extended family that your kids might not see very often or artwork from your own kids!) After cutting and laminating them, I took my hole punch and punched holes around the edge. I wasn't very exact . . . I just eye-balled it. Then I looked in my ribbon stash for something to use as the lace. I just tied it onto one corner and viola! And just like that I had my own personal lacing cards. I also ended up using some masking tape to tape the end of the ribbon to make lacing a little easier.
My older two boys loved this--and now I stash them in my Sunday bag to bring to church . . . a perfect quiet activity.