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This is an activity where the children will develop their fine motor skills and also improve their focus and concentration. It is a very simple activity where the children will learn to make various patterns using straws. 


  • Straws/beads of varied colours
  • Play dough
  • Skewers

What to do: 

  • Take a big ball of playdough, large enough to hold 3-4 skewers and roll it into a circle shape and flatten it.

  • Insert the skewers into the play dough.
  • Cut the straws into small pieces of 2-3 inches or use beads.
  • Ask the kids to put the straw pieces one by one into the skewers.

  • Make up pattern cards, using the same colour of the straws for children to follow the patterns. 

Hints and Tips: 

  • Skewers can be replaced with raw spaghetti also but be careful that the children don’t break them.
  • Pipe cleaners can also be used as a "skewer".
  • Once children master this activity, you can give them some other materials also like any shaped beads and give them instructions like, to first insert a straw then a bead and then a straw and so on. 


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  • Playdough Image: jamieanne on flickr 

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 2 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1)
  • Play Based Learning: Creative Play
  • Interest Areas: Sensory Play
  • Games Categories: Manipulation Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:
    • 4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another.
    • 5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.
Created On February 16, 2022 Last modified on Wednesday, February 16, 2022
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