Isn’t it funny how young kids go crazy over pipe cleaners and straws, especially if they are colorful? Luckily for parents, pipe cleaner activities for toddlers don’t require a lot of prep and they won’t break the bank either. Maybe you are a mom of two young kids under the age of two like I am and you need ways to entertain them.
Pipe Cleaner Activities For Toddlers
Pipe Cleaners and Straws
Start out by cutting up colorful straws into pieces.
For younger toddlers it’s best to use bigger pieces. As your child increases in skill level cut the larger pieces up into smaller pieces, about the size of a typical bead.
Next, help your child guide the straws over the pipe cleaner. Be patient with them. This may seem easy to you but to a young child it is the equivalent of treading a needle. It takes practice and patience on their half.
Rejoice with them with they are able to accomplish this task.
Shapes and Snakes
Encourage young children to make simple shapes out of the pipe cleaners such as circles, square or heart. Kids love this and it’s a great way to get them recognizing and learning the different shapes. To keep kids from getting overwhelmed occasionally have them make “snakes” which is basically just a time for them to be silly and move the pipe cleaners freestyle.
As with straws, beads and other fun colored objects you can always use pipe cleaners to teach kids sorting. In this case all the pipe cleaners of the same colors would go into a pile together. This is a simple lesson in life but it’s an important one and parents can often times over look the simple things such as teaching colors.
Who Ate The Apple?
Another great way to increase fine motor skills for toddlers and especially preschool age children is to have them play the “who ate the apple” game. Young children take a pipe cleaner and pretend that it’s a worm. Then they let the worm “eat” a foam apple. Learn More About The Who Ate The Apple Game by reading our other blog post.
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