Some days you just need a simple craft that you already have everything for and won't make a mess. This activity kept my little ones busy threading straws while I made dinner, and they had cute little bracelets to show off afterwards. Plus, it was great way to practice fine motor skills and color recognition for my 2-year-old! You could even change up the straw colors to make these work for any holiday!
How we did it:
- straws (various colors)
- pipe cleaner
Gather all materials. We included a bowl to keep the straws in, but it isn't necessary. We also used bendy neon straws because that's what I had on hand, but any colorful straws would work.
First, we cut the straws into smaller pieces. I started cutting them about 1/2 an inch long, but then varied them to have some longer and some shorter to give our bracelets more visual interest. The kids also had fun searching for short and long pieces.
Take a pipe cleaner and form a hook on the end to keep the straws from falling off as the kids thread them. My 6-year-old was able to do this on his own, but my 4-year-old needed some help to make a smaller hook.
Then, the kids thread the different straw pieces onto their pipe cleaners to create a bracelet. My 4-year-old made a pattern with his bracelet. My 2-year-old just had fun getting different colors onto her pipe cleaner. This was a great fine motor activity and a fun way to review colors!
Once they were finished threading, we measured their wrists and I had to take some straws off to get them the right size. Next time, I would probably measure first since my 4-year-old didn't want me taking any off from his pattern. He ultimately agreed as long as he could make another bracelet! Then, we twisted the pipe cleaner ends together making a bracelet long enough for them to slide their hands in and out of.