This pipe cleaner fine motor activity is a fun one that we used for many years to target fine motor skills like dexterity, pincer grasp, hand strength, and more. Plus, this pipe cleaner activity is great for toddlers. But, kids of all ages love this activity! Let’s break it down…
Pipe Cleaner Fine Motor Activity
This fine motor pipe cleaner activity is very simple to set up. You need just two items:
- Pipe cleaners cut into half or one thirds
- A cardboard box
To set up the activity, first cut the pipe cleaners into smaller sections. For younger children use longer lengths of pipe cleaners and for older kids, target more precise fine motor skills but cutting smaller sections.
Then, use a screwdriver and poke holes all over the cardboard box.
You’ll want to poke holes on the top of the box, but also on the sides of the box. A larger box is best for this activity, because the holes on the sides of the box encourages a wider range of motion, including wrist extension.
You’ll also see more diverse movements when a larger cardboard box is used: bilateral coordination, visual scanning, crossing midline, and more.
Another pipe cleaner fine motor activity to try is dropping pipe cleaners into a bottle. Toddlers love that activity, too!
Use these Fine Motor Kits for hands-on activity kits to develop fine motor skills, strength, dexterity, and manipulation. Kids LOVE these fine motor kits for the motivating activities. Therapists love them because it’s fresh, fun ways to work on pinch, grip, manipulation skills, and much more. Try some of these themed therapy kits:
- Fall Fine Motor Kit
- Winter Fine Motor Kit
- Spring Fine Motor Kit
- Summer Fine Motor Kit
- Frogs and Toads Themed Fine Motor Kit
- Letters! Fine Motor Kit
- Outer Space Themed Fine Motor Kit
- Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Kit
- Penguin Themed Fine Motor Kit
- Snowman Themed Fine Motor Kit
Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
7 thoughts on “Pipe Cleaner Fine Motor Activity With a Cardboard Box”
This looks so cool. I bet my kids would have fun with this!
I can so see my youngest spending hours doing this! So guess what I will be doing this weekend 😉 Thank you so much for sharing on We Made That!
I hope you had fun with it!
It was a lot of fun! Let us know how your kids like it 🙂
Now this looks like a lot of fun for little ones. I'm going to have all 3's and under next year. I think they'll love this! Thanks for sharing with us today. Pinning to my fine motor board.
My personal favourite – featured on the round up of Project Recycle and Create Cardboard Boxes on Peakle Pie 🙂
Fun! I will be doing this over the summer with my 6 year old son. He needs to work on the fine motor. I pinned it so I don't forget!
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