Prepare for the activity by cutting the straws into inch long pieces. You will want around 50 pieces or so. Put all of the pieces into the large bin. Place the pipe cleaners in the bin as well.
1. Invite the child to thread the straw pieces with you. If this is the first time the child has been exposed to the concept, show them how the straw piece goes onto the pipe cleaner.
2. Talk with the child during the entire activity, asking questions and introducing new vocabulary words.
Threading is a perfect activity for practicing fine motor skills and and hand-eye coordination! You could also use this opportunity to encourage sequencing and color recognition.