Inside: Fine Motor Threading Activity
A fun way to strengthen hands and fingers is by introducing a fine motor threading activity to your preschoolers.
However, some young children’s fingers might not be strong enough for those threading activities, so we like to start with pipe cleaner threading. We came up with an easy way to make your own simple threading board!
Fine Motor Threading Activity
What you will need:
A piece of styrofoam
Anything you want to thread onto the pipe cleaners
Use dowels instead of pipe cleaners and thread large stringing beads.
Assembling the fine motor board:
Cut the pipe cleaners to desired length and poke into the styrofoam. Yes, it’s that easy.
As we started exploring our new threading board, we helped them by holding onto the pipe cleaner while they threaded the beads.
Then, we showed them how to use their helper hand (non-dominant) to hold the pipe cleaner while their work hand (dominant) pushed the beads through the pipe cleaner.
For younger children, use larger items to thread. We had some larger pieces from a stacking toy that we used. Find items that can be threaded through pipe cleaners.