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Threading with boxes

What you need

  • Some empty cardboard boxes (egg cartons, cereal boxes, yoghurt pots, milk cartons etc).
  • Pipe cleaners/shoelaces/heavy duty string
  • Hole punch/sharp knife/scissors (adult use only)


This activity helps your child’s language development as you discuss the process of this activity and the colours involved. It also benefits their fine motor development, hand-eye coordination and control and their ability to concentrate.

The experience

Using a pair of scissors, carefully pierce small holes into the cardboard boxes/containers. 

Children can choose whether to use a shoelace, string or a pipe cleaner and thread through the shapes any which way they choose. Some children may follow the order of the holes around the outside, other children will go from one side to the other any way they like.

There is no right or wrong way as the object of this experience is to develop their fine motor skills.

Have fun threading!