Pipe Cleaner and Straw Bracelets

This week we used pipe cleaners and straws to make straw bracelets – a perfect fine motor skill activity!Pipe Cleaner and Straw Bracelets - a fine motor activity for toddlers

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A few weeks ago we made a Halloween pumpkin decoration from pipe cleaners and beads.

Pipe Cleaner and Straw Bracelets [Fine Motor Fridays]

I thought that this activity could be easily adapted to make bracelets, but I decided to use straws instead of beads. I cut the straws up into small pieces and provided pipe cleaners – very quick set-up!

Craftulate: Pipe Cleaner and Straw Bracelets [Fine Motor Fridays]

I demonstrated making one bracelet for F and then he insisted that he should do it. Cunning, huh?

Pipe Cleaner and Straw Bracelets [Fine Motor Fridays]

Threading the straws was great fine motor skills practice for him. If he held the pipe cleaner at the far end it was harder to get the straw on, so he worked out he should hold it nearer the threading end.

Craftulate: Pipe Cleaner and Straw Bracelets [Fine Motor Fridays]

He also threaded straws with his right AND left hand!

Craftulate: Pipe Cleaner and Straw Bracelets [Fine Motor Fridays]

Once the pipe cleaner was full of straws, I twisted the ends round each other.

Pipe Cleaner and Straw Bracelets [Fine Motor Fridays]

Then I poked the ends into the straws so that there were no sharp ends.

Pipe Cleaner and Straw Bracelets [Fine Motor Fridays]

My husband was heading back to the UK on business so he took these with him to give to two of F’s cousins. I hope they liked them!

Do you have a light table? Here is a similar idea from And Next Comes L!

Check out these other great fine motor skills activities!

Monster Munch Fine Motor Game from LalyMom

Fall Play Dough Tree from Stir the Wonder

Pipe Cleaner Rainbow Tree from School Time Snippets

 Pool Noodles and Pegs from And Next Comes L

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