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Fine motor threading activity using straws and cardboard tubes

To do this activity you will need the following:  

  • Cardboard tubes
  • Straws (or similar)
  • Hole puncher
  • Scissors

Cut each of the cardboard tubes in half or about 10 – 15cm long. 

Depending on the capability of your child, ask them to punch holes into the cardboard tubes using the hole puncher.

Source: https://laughingkidslearn.com

Using a hole puncher is really great for fine motor development. It strengthens the smaller muscles in the fingers and palm of the hand. Important for when they are learning to write with a pencil or draw. 

Present them with the straws and ask them to thread them through the holes in the cardboard tube. In one side and out the other. They begin to look a little like crazy and colorful spiders after awhile. 

This activity does open itself up to challenging your child and their problem solving skills.