Colander Monster

Colander Monster

Location: indoor or outdoor

Materials: pipe cleaners and a colander

This is a fun open-ended activity that you can do with children of all ages. It also helps kids develop their fine motors skills. Place a variety of pipe cleaners and a colander on the table. Invite children to weave the pipe cleaners in and out of the holes, creating a wacky and colorful scene.

Possible Extensions:

  • Allow children to wear their creations on their heads as crazy hair
  • Add beads to the mix and allow children to string beads on the pipe cleaners before attaching them to the colander
  • Substitute straws for pipe cleaners

What We're Learning

  • hand-eye coordination
  • fine motor development and hand control
  • hand division