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Pipe Cleaners and Straws

This activity can be adapted for a child of any age.


  • Pipe Cleaners

  • Straws

  • Scissors


  • Gather all materials

  • Cut the straw and pipe cleaners at different lengths

  • Now you are ready to match colors and sizes!


Measure and match the three length straws to the three pipe cleaners.

Set a challenge – Thread the pipe cleaners so that it is completely covered with straws. This is a great opportunity to discuss length, “that straw is too long, let’s find a shorter one.”

Create colour patterns with the straws as you thread them onto the pipe cleaner.

Bend and mould the pipe cleaner to make shapes. The straws act as the sides of the shape.


  • Fine Motor Development

  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control

  • Language development – Such as taller, tallest, shorter, smaller, longer, middle size, too long.

  • Mathematics – Measurement (Length)


Samantha S. | Teacher

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