Pipe cleaner play

Pipe cleaner play

Ever the slave to Pinterest, I found an activity for toddlers in which they thread pipe cleaners through the holes in a colander. I thought James might like that, because he enjoys sewing, as you can see:


In that case I came back from using the phone to find he’d picked up the cardboard plug cover from the Christmas tree lights and a piece of string to do some sewing.

So today I passed him the colander and a packet of pipe cleaners and sat back to see if he’d thread them or do something else entirely.


James thread a few through the holes, then held one up to my face, “your glasses, mammy”. Then he shoved that one down my top.

I offered to make him some glasses. Yes please!


He wore those glasses for a while, then pushed them on his head, like sunglasses. He is also sporting a striped scarf.


Then Rob sat James on his lap with the colander, and James has been singing Christmas songs while he busily threads the pipe cleaners through the colander holes.

Pinterest win!



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    • January 1, 2015 / 5:30 pm

      Thank you, some really fantastic ideas on your blog. I’ll be back to visit you – bookmarked!

  1. January 1, 2015 / 10:24 pm

    nice to see his imagination doing something different to what you had envisioned. This is often the way with children.

    • January 1, 2015 / 10:56 pm

      It’s thrilling when that happens, isn’t it!

  2. January 3, 2015 / 11:46 am

    Ah what fab photos! We love pipe cleaner play too. We often use salt dough beads for threading too, another great fine motor skills activity 🙂

    • January 3, 2015 / 12:31 pm

      Ooh, what a great idea! Thanks!

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