How to Keep a Toddler Busy with Pipe Cleaners: My Favorite Pipe Cleaner Post on Pinterest

Hapa Baby has been extremely active lately. She has been itching to get into things and explore the world around her. Because it’s still cold and rainy outside, we have to find indoor things to do. So, of course, I had to turn to Pinterest.

After searching for a few hours, I found this post: Pipe Sticks. There was a picture, but no information on what to do with the pipe cleaners. It looked pretty simple though, give a toddler a bunch of pipe cleaners and let them go wild with a colander.

That is exactly what I did. I gave Hapa Baby 20 pipe cleaners and let her imagination go crazy with our yellow colander. I threw some straws into the mix. The colander had holes where the straws wouldn’t fit, but the pipe cleaners. did. I thought this would help her fine motor and problem solving skills. Threading the pipe cleaners through the colander’s holes would help her fine motor skills and determining which holes the straws fit in would help her problem solving skills.

It kept her busy for an hour or so.  Here are some pictures of the event:

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It looks pretty fun, right?

Toddler Activity: Pipe Cleaners and a Colander

I threw some bendy straws into the mix.

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Even the dog had some colander and bendy straw fun.

Here are a few more posts about Pipe Cleaners and Colanders:

 

Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl: A tutu tutorial (sort of)

My mom’s friends asked us to make them after we made a tutu for our friend’s niece’s birthday. They were so excited to see it they asked mom if she could make them some, too. Of course, she had to say yes.

So, yesterday, she came home with a ton of tulle by the yard in white, navy blue, lime green these were not by the spool, each strip needed to be cut individually.  We cut it 6 inches by 60 inches because we wanted longer tutus, but for children you can cut it 6 inches by  anywhere from 30 to 40 inches.

We measured out the tulle by folding it.

Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

Then began cutting it into 6 inch strips. Again, because we wanted it longer, we cut it into long strips.

Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

After we cut the strips, we measured out the elastic (3/4″ no-roll elastic) for mom’s friends waists. To take stretching into account, we cut it 3 inches less than the size of the waist and sewed it together.
Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

Then, with each color, we tied it the tulle strips in double knots around the elastic (some people use slip knots, but I prefer regular knots doubled), being very careful not to bend the elastic.

Mom tried it on.

Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

We loved it, but…Something was missing.
Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

Ribbon and glitter!

Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

We added some white glitter tulle and wrapped the waistband with white satin ribbon (for comfort and design) and tied a big loopy bow!

Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

It was perfect!
Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

Mom’s friends will be decked out for the Superbowl, and we were able to get some tutu practice done for Hapa Baby’s Birthday Party!

If you’re looking for more instructions here are a few great blogs: