Toddler Fine Motor Skills Activity: Straws in a Cup

Posted February 15, 2016 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts / 34 Comments

I was at a book club meeting at a restaurant recently with Baby H in tow. Baby H kept messing with my straw from my soft drink cup, and a fellow member (who is also a teacher) handed him her straw and showed him how to stick it in the straw hole, and this game was born.

Straws in a Cup Fine Motor Skills Activity

All you need are a couple of things that you should already have:

  1. Drink container with a lid that has an opening in it (or a removable straw).
  2. Long straws.

Show your little learners how to stick the straw into the opening of the drink cup, and watch as your toddler practices his or her fine motor skills.

This is definitely an activity that takes some supervision (you don’t want your baby to run around with the straws or poke him or herself with it in the eye) but with some guidance, this fine motor game can entertain and be a good learning activity for some time. Baby H was playing the game in the kitchen while I was getting dinner ready. He really had a blast pulling the straws out and carefully putting them back in the drink container. (And yes, that is a giant Buc-

Baby H was playing the game in the kitchen while I was getting dinner ready. He really had a blast pulling the straws out and carefully putting them back in the drink container. (And yes, that is a giant Buc-ees go cup.)

Let me know how it works out for your kiddos.

Fine Motor Skills Activity for Toddlers: Straws in a Cup

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34 responses to “Toddler Fine Motor Skills Activity: Straws in a Cup

  1. When my kids were little they loved playing with straws. I used to buy them in bulk to drink my ice water out of the cup for I hate when the ice cubes hit my teeth. They would get into the packages of them and play with them for hours. Cheap entertainment….a mommies favorite! Thanks for linking with #momsterslink. Hope the see you again tomorrow.

  2. I just love activities that are simple! And cheap too! This is great, I’m pinning, stumbling and tweeting. <3 Happy Monday! My daughter is older and would still find this fun!

  3. Kids this age are entertained by the simplest things! We have tons of flashing, noisy toys but our one years old always goes for the wooden spoons and measuring cups! I’m sure that he would enjoy this game as well. Thanks Julie ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I used to do this with my daughter when she was little, and she loved it, too! We used colored straws as well, and she later used the activity for color practice. Wonderful tip about making sure there’s supervision during this activity- totally agree! #Momsterslink

    • I’d love to hear some ideas you have. Our kids are similar enough in age that we might be able to use some of your activities – my son is 15 months.

  5. I love simple activities like this! It’s amazing how easily you can entertain little ones with stuff you already have around the house!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

  6. This is a really good tip. ๐Ÿ™‚ Another good one is to put toilet rolls on the wall like a small mace downwards and let him put things in that roll down. You can cut pieces off the side of the roll and use clear tape over so he can see it happening when it goes down. ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. I really love this. Kind of a variation on the game where the child sticks different shapes through different holes trying to match them up. But this is something a much younger child can learn to do and preparation for a more evolved game. It’s really amazing what we can turn into a learning experience. Sharing, this looks like something that would not only help Mom, but it would keep the child busy and learning at the same time. Brilliant!

    • Thanks for sharing Nikki ๐Ÿ™‚ Yea you’re right that it is kind of a variation of the shape sorter. That is a really good activity and we have these types of toys in every room heh.

  8. Samantha

    I love this! It’s little activities like this that might never occur to us because it’s such a mundane task, but that they absolutely love! So cute! And you got to enjoy your book club meeting – that’s definitely a win!

  9. Tips for entertaining kids with some learning value is always great idea. I’ll be using this one when eating out with my grands. Have a good day. Linda

    • Ooh the blogging world seems to love pipe cleaners, and I don’t think I own any. But that colander idea sounds pretty cool too. Maybe I should get some pipe cleaners lol.

  10. This will keep them occupied for a while Julie! Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at #OvertheMoon. Have a lovely week!

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