Playdough & Pasta = Fine Motor Activity!

Playdough & Pasta = Fine Motor Activity!

As a mom, finding fine motor skill activities that are both entertaining and educational for toddlers and preschoolers can be a challenge. That's why I love this simple, fun, and effective Playdough & Pasta Fine Motor Activity that not only keeps kids engaged but also helps them develop important skills.

Scroll to the bottom for full instructions, and check out the Instagram video for a visual! 

Activity Benefits

  • Fine Motor Skills: Handling small objects and threading them onto spaghetti improves dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
  • Concentration: The focus required to thread cheerios onto a thin piece of spaghetti helps improve attention span.
  • Early Math Skills: Counting cheerios as they are threaded introduces basic math concepts in a playful way.


    Why This Activity Works

    Skill Development:
    Threading cheerios onto spaghetti might seem like a simple task, but it’s actually a powerful way to help your child develop fine motor skills. This activity requires them to use the small muscles in their hands and fingers, which are crucial for writing and other tasks as they grow.

    Boosting Concentration:
    In a world full of distractions, this activity helps children practice focusing on a single task. Watching them carefully thread each cheerio, you can see their concentration deepen. This kind of focused activity is great for developing longer attention spans.

    Introducing Math:
    Counting the cheerios as they are threaded introduces your child to numbers and basic math concepts. You can make it a game by asking them to add a specific number of cheerios to each piece of spaghetti, turning it into a fun math lesson.


    Playdough & Pasta Fine Motor Activity 

    Materials Needed


    1. Prepare the Base: Roll small balls of playdough and place them on a flat surface. Stick a piece of spaghetti upright into each ball of playdough.
    2. Threading Fun: Give your child a handful of cheerios and show them how to thread the cheerios onto the spaghetti. 
    3. There are so many ways to extend this activity! You could ask your child to count the cheerios as they thread, have them roll a die and then put that many cheerios on the pasta, etc! 
    toddler fine motor skills learning activity using playdough, pasta, and cheerios


    Real Mom Tips
    Here are a few tips to make this activity even more enjoyable and beneficial for your little one:

    • Mix It Up: Use different colored cheerios or beads to add a sorting element to the activity. Ask your child to thread all the same colors together or create patterns.
    • Story Time: Turn the activity into a storytelling session. For example, each cheerio could be a ring that a character needs to collect on their adventure.
    • Praise and Encourage: Celebrate your child’s efforts and successes to build their confidence and encourage them to keep trying.

    This activity is wonderfully versatile. If you don’t have cheerios, you can use buttons or pony beads instead. Just make sure to supervise closely if using non-food items to ensure they stay out of little mouths.

    toddler fine motor skills activity using playdough pasta and cheerios

    This simple threading activity is a perfect example of how everyday items can be transformed into powerful learning tools. Not only does it provide a fun and engaging way for children to develop crucial skills, but it also offers a wonderful opportunity for quality bonding time. So, gather your playdough, spaghetti, and cheerios, and enjoy this delightful activity with your child today!