Threading Towers

My co-teacher introduced me to the fine motor activity which is threading towers.  It’s a simple premise.  Start with a play dough ball for the base.  We used pipe cleaners as the thread but I have seen spaghetti and small dowels also used.  I like pipe cleaners as they don’t break like spaghetti but have an extra challenge of being flexible.

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Cheerios were used because the children were given the challenge that if they put cheerios to the top of the pipe cleaner; they could then remove them and eat the cheerios.  This is a great fine motor activity which works their pincer grasp.  It also involves their hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness when they work on how to fit the cheerios on the pipe cleaner.

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