Pipe Cleaner Shapes

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This easy project is a great way to help little ones develop the hand-eye coordination to color within the lines. In this case literally, thanks to bumpy raised lines made from pipe cleaners.

As Veronika played with a few extra pipe cleaners, I arranged others in simple shapes like triangles, squares, and circles on sheets of construction paper, and then taped them down.

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Then I simply showed her how to use crayon to color within the shapes. She loved choosing which color to use in which shape.

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It was neat to watch her reaction when her crayon came up against the pipe cleaner “bumper”, forcing her to stay within the lines. I could see her brain working as she realized she had to stop her crayon before it ran over he edges.

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In sum, this is a great early lesson on pen control, which is the first step towards drawing all those shapes…down the line.

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