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.
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.