A fun fine motor activity for babies and toddlers. Keep little hands busy and little minds working with this simple activity.


  • 1 packet Straws or pipe cleaners
  • 1 Colander


  1. Place colander and pipe cleaners on the ground
  2. Show toddler how to insert the pipe cleaners in to the colander
  3. Repeat until all pipe cleaners are used. You can then pull them all out and repeat the activity again.

Notes... We use this craft activity when the children are needing to calm and focus before working on bigger art and craft projects. It helps with hand and eye coordination as well as keeping their minds engaged.

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  • How clever. Simple yet effective. Thanks


  • Omg…why i never thought of it


  • What a great idea – cheap and cheerful – thank you!


  • Great activity for fine motor development. Keeps the kids engaged and is cheap.


  • oh nice…. this is what i need to keep him busy. love it. thanks for sharing it.


  • Great kids activity super easy and it keeps them entertained for sure


  • I bought my grandson a bag of felt pom poms. Gave him some thread and a plastic needle and leg him go for it. For something so simple, he really enjoyed it


  • This is a wonderful activity for kids, my two youngest ones would absolutely love doing this.


  • this is such a great idea. my son threads almost everything he finds so this activity would be great for him. thanks for sharing


  • This is great can’t wait to let my daughter try it


  • seen it done with holes in cardboard, cotton reels and other implements but have never seen this done with a colander and I think it is a fantastic idea.


  • A great idea! Love fun fine motor activities


  • Oh wow. Very clever and providing so much fun to those little babies! :-)


  • My grandson is fascinated by threading. He has beads and pom poms and scraps of material. Give him anything and he’ll thread it


  • Great idea! Going to try this one out


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