Now that my 4-year-old is a fully fledged preschooler, we’re looking forward to an exciting year when she’ll have a chance to master all sorts of skills. From coloring in the lines, to putting letters together to form sounds and words, there are no shortage of activities to help her learn and grow. And while my daughter has taken to certain things, like completing puzzles and dressing her Calico Critters, I notice that she shies away from things that frustrate and challenge her, such as removing stickers from their backing (they tend to rip if she’s not too careful). To help fine-tune those dexterity skills, we hear that lacing is a great trick, and the new Lacing Peacock from Hape Toys seems like the ideal subject for practicing. We’ve seen quite a few lacing toys in our day, but never a peacock. We like that this toy’s generous design gives plenty of room for little hands to keep busy, and to demonstrate their handiwork. A refreshing departure from cardboard lacing cards, the peacock’s wood construction is a plus, ensuring that this toy will stand up to plenty of preschool wear and tear. And because kids can add beads and pretend feathers to their design, it steps up the level of play by creating an opportunity for matching, color coordinating, counting and all sorts of learning enhancements. And that’s something any pint-sized peacock can be proud of.