Fun with Pipe Cleaners - Fine Motor Skills

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Here is a quick idea for fine motor skills that uses something most everyone has - a colander!  You will also need some pipe cleaners, which in my opinion are also something everyone should have. This  fine motor skills activity takes no time to set up and is great for when you need to keep your child busy for a little bit so you can make dinner. Just don't have them do this if you are cooking something that requires a colander.

If you would like to purchase the supplies we used, there are affiliate links provided at the end of this post.


I am lucky to have 2 colanders, but not so lucky to have 3.  Little C was not happy that she had to wait her turn while her sisters did the activity first.  To be fair, at 18 months, C had a tough time with this activity, but she did love playing with the pipe cleaners.

A and B just adored this easy activity.  I gave each of them a colander and a bunch of colorful pipe cleaners.  I showed them how they could poke the pipe cleaners through the holes of the colander to create sculptures.  The girls thought they looked like tunnels.



They kept asking for more and more pipe cleaners (luckily I had a few bags of them) so you might want to have some extra on hand.  They were delighted with their creations and A proclaimed "this is fabulous!" What I really found fabulous was that I snuck in some fine motor work.  As the girls pushed their pipe cleaners into the small holes they were strengthening their fine motor skills.

The finished product! What do you think of their fine motor skills art?


I was inspired by The Imagination Tree where you can find lots of fun ideas.

For more fine motor skills ideas check out:

18 Fine Motor Activities for Kids
18 Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers. Love how lots of these ideas use stuff you already have around the house. #kids, #education



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40 comments:

  1. Very fun idea! Thanks for stopping by today! I am returning the follow.

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  2. Thanks Alida! The girls had fun while I worked on dinner.

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  3. I came over when you posted on my painted garden pavers. My kids are a bit too old for this now, but what a cute idea.

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  4. Great idea for a blog! Thanks for stopping by Mel Dreams Often. I'm a new follower, too!

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  5. That is such a great idea! So fun & easy and no mess either! I am going to do this with my kids.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog & leaving your sweet comment! I'm a new follower.
    ~Erika
    Musings From a SAHM

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  6. Thank you Pam! I will have to try those pavers!

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  7. Thank you Melissa! I will be by your blog more.

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  8. Erika, it's a nice quiet activity too! :-) thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I am excited you found my blog so I could find yours! I am always looking for more fun activities to do with children. I am excited to be your newest follower!

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  10. What great ideas!!! Thank you for finding me!! lol. Following you back via GFC. I look forward to reading more! =)

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  11. Very cute idea! New follower from the FL and FF hop-thanks for linking up.

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  12. Great idea!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment! Following you back!

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  13. What a great follower! Thanks for following my blog, I'm definitely following you now - you have a ton of great ideas!

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  14. Oops! I meant what a great idea!!

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  15. Erica, You are so sweet, thanks!

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  16. Maria, thanks for following!

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  17. April, thank you so much! I get lots of great inspiration from other moms.

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  18. Really cool ideas! Love the robot boxes and the pipe cleaners and collanders! Fun! hopping over from Hobbies on a Budget and Real Life Deals

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  19. Thank you Sharon! Love your sites too!

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  20. love the robots, cute idea! Following back from the hop!

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  21. Very creative and fun! I love finding new activities for the kiddo, although she's only 15 months. Craft time will be here eventually.

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  22. Corinna, It will pass quickly, believe me! Thank you for the support!

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  23. Great ideas here! So glad you found me - and I found you!!!
    Following back from Growing up Gardner :)

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  24. Anna, thanks for stopping by. You are inspirational!

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  25. Mrs G, happy you like them. thanks!

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  26. Erica, Thank you for the follow!

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  27. About a mom, thanks for the comment and for checking us out.

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  28. Such fun projects, I can't wait for my kids and I to try them. Thanks :) Following you back from The Life of the Party.

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  29. Cherished Events, thanks for following!

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  30. Good Girl, thank you for stopping by!

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  31. Thanks for stopping by my blog! And I truly love yours. I don't know if my son will change as he gets older but at the moment he as more interest in everyday objects rather than toys. I know we'll get lots of inspiration from you :0)

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  32. MsXpat, Sounds like he has a wonderful imagination. Thanks for the kind words!

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