Pipe-cleaners, Pom Poms, Feathers, Contact Paper and a Toddler

I follow many many blogs by moms and child care providers.  Activities that I often saw for toddlers included Pipe-cleaners, Pom Poms, and contact paper so the next time I was at Michael's I bought a package that included all of these items.   I wanted to have it around the next time I was inspired to try something new with my little one.

Low and behold that time came and we actually included many of the ideas that I came across in one play session.  My tot even made up one of her own which, of course, was her favorite.

Materials Used

  • Pipecleaners
  • PomPoms
  • Feathers
  • Colander
  • Contact Paper
  • Fun Toddler

What Did We Do?

  1. Hung up contact paper
  2. Put the pom poms, Pipe-cleaners and feathers on the floor
  3. Stuck some items on the contact paper.  Her favorite was putting on the feathers
  4. Put all of the materials inside of the colander
  5. Played Pop, Pop, Pop - shaking and moving the colander up and down (like she does with the parachute in her mommy and me classes).  This was her favorite thing to do with all of the materials
  6. Flipped colander over and put the pipe-cleaners through the holes

She enjoyed all of these activities and as her age would indicate the part she liked most was dumping the items out of the colander and then putting them back in.  Very fun to do all of this.  

Independent Play

Placing the pipe-cleaners through the holes of the colander is a great independent play thing for her to do while we cook or clean.  I've read it's good for her fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as well as just being fun for her.  If you don't have pipe-cleaners or a colander, we also use straws and strawberry baskets from the farmers market! 

Pictures below.

Additional Resources

What fun things do you do with these materials?  Share in the comments below!


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Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.