Cutting & Threading Practice with Straws

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Todays fine motor activity is all about scissors and cutting practice with a large amount of threading and manipulating.

The activity went down so well with the kids that they added a bunch of other things to do. My 2 year old and 5 year old did this activity together and you can clearly see the skill levels that they are at. My 2 year old preferred to thread her straws and my 5 year old wanted to cut and create things.

Warning: I went a bit picture crazy, so I have much to show you!

set up for cutting and threading straws for fine motor skills

To start this fine motor activity you will need:

  • Colorful Straws – I love these straws and they are the ones pictured.
  • Proper Scissors – I have tried a few scissors in the last year and these pictured are by far my favorite. They handle well for the kids and haven’t brought on the frustration some of the others we tried out did.
  • A Lace for threading
  • Foam or sponge with a few toothpicks – I used our foam from when we did the tissue heart craft that is why it has color on it!
  • All items are contained in an activity tray

First, cut off the tops of the straws so that you have an even straw on each side of the bends. Like in this image below. We will be using these with our more advanced preschooler.straw tops cut for joining

Give the other straight bits to your toddler to practice cutting on. My 2 and half year old is still very new to using a scissors correctly. This is the first time she cut something that resisted her gentle cutting. We have previously cut playdough, foam scraps and paper.

She tired fast and gave the items over to her brother to help out. He was happy to cut for her. Great working on those cutting skills though, she will get stronger with practice, that is why we play this way.cutting straws for fine motor skills

Once everything was snipped into smaller bits it was time to thread!cut straws for threading fine motor skills

Using your shoe lace, lacing lace or just a plain bit of yarn, thread the small bits of straw. Look at those fingers go!threading straws

We then used our toothpicks and stuck them into some foam and stacked up the small bits of straw.straws on toothpicks

Disclaimer: Please note my toddler is 2 and half years old and has shown great patience in working with items such as toothpicks. All these activities are supervised. Use you own judgement when doing an activity with potentially pointy ends with your own children.

I love the colors of these straws! Don’t you? 😀straws on toothpicks fine motor activity

Enter my 5 year old who did the more advanced bit of this activity.

Here is his version of stacking straws on the toothpicks. Notice how he has 6 toothpicks and they are color coded. This would be great to show a toddler and see if they can copy it. Don’t forget to name the colors as you go! Repetition of naming works is how mine learnt them.color coded straws

Remember I said to cut the tops off the straws? Here is what my 5 year old does with them!

Make a small slit on both ends of one of 3 straw tops.making slits in the straws fine motor cutting practice

Now press the cut straw so that it folds in on itself and fits into the other end of another straw.making triangles

Continue like this with your ends and you will land up with a triangle. You can add a 4th straw to create a square. My 5 year old loves to color code his creations. All pink, all orange type thing.triangles from straws

Loop the triangles together and you had a lovely display item to hang somewhere! Or you can go torment play with the cat with it.straw links

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  1. This is a great idea for a fun fine motor activity!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  2. Saw this on the link party, milk and cuddles – and your style totally caught my eye. My 4 year old is going to have a hay day with this project! Love it! And – totally scoping the other goodness from your blog. One talented mama!

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