Fine Motor Activity with Straws for Toddlers

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I love this activity for the recycle/reuse aspect, the simplicity of it, and the fact that the kids can keep playing with the box in many open ended ways. Harvey really got into this fine motor activity with straws.

This fine motor activity with straws is great for cognitive skills as well. He really had to work on his grip, where to hold the straw and how much pressure to put on each hole to get the straw through, plus once he pushed the straws through he looked inside the box for them and had fun pulling and dumping them out.

Materials for Fine Motor Activity with Straws:

  • Cereal Box (or any small cardboard box)
  • Straws

Use a pen to poke straw size holes in your box. Cut your straw into pieces that stick up through the hole. Show your child how the straws fit into the holes in the cereal box.

Want More Activities with Straws? Try our Counting Straws Fine Motor Game

It’s a lot of great fine motor activity practice for your child for very minimal effort on your part.


This idea isn’t JUST for 1 year olds!

There are 40 more activities in the book and ALL include an activity variation AND “As They Grow” section, making this a Grow-With-Them book.

Activities are suited to 1, 2, 3 and even 4 year olds!

You’ll really get your money’s worth!

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