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Play Dough spaghetti and cheerios fine motor activity

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spaghetti threadingFine Motor activities are important for toddlers, and this super easy activity is always a hit. Threading the cheerios onto the spaghetti or fettuccine is an excellent fine motor activity. Your toddler can arrange them in random colors, sort them into color specific strands or just stick the cheerios in the play dough. There are no set rules, but I guarantee this will keep your toddler busy for a while.

What do you need?

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  • Play dough (you can easily make your own - see our recipe here)
  • Spaghetti or fettuccine
  • Cheerios or similar cereal (I used a store brand version)

What to do

  1. Place the play dough on the table.
  2. Add the spaghetti
  3. Thread the cereal onto it

You can make it harder by sorting into colors, asking them to count out a certain number etc. I normally do a set activity to start with and then let them have free play with the items afterwards.

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Best Toddler Toys to encourage Creativity

Saturday 25th of April 2015

[…] Play Dough is an activity that can easily be used till long after they start school. A homemade playdough recipe is safe for those younger toddlers who sometimes like to eat it while they play (that’s my child!), or you can buy it for as little as 50c a tub. While you will need to replace the actual play dough occassionally (or make your own like we do), investing in play dough toys is definitely worthwhile. There are so many of these to choose from now, but a basic set is a great start. Don’t be limited by what you can buy either. We use play dough with spaghetti and cheerios for a fun and unusual fine motor activity! […]

Working mummy and wife

Friday 27th of March 2015

I love this idea - thanks for sharing! Might have to try it when W is in a patient mood :o)

Tickle Fingers

Thursday 26th of March 2015

Such a simple, but great idea. #ToddlerFunFriday