Colander + Pipe cleaners = Happy Quiet Children

Willow has had one of those days. Nothing I do is right, nothing she does is right, everything makes her angry and she is not happy unless she is causing mayhem or anarchy.

I know that Willow is at that age where anything sensory, bright and a bit fiddly amazes her. I need to get that kid entertained and fast, before a full blown tantrum erupts! All I grabbed was the kitchen colander and some soft pipe cleaners from her craft box. I showed he how to thread the pipe cleaners through the holes, and straight away she got the idea! Because pushing pipe cleaners through little holes is quite fiddly, It kept Willow entertained for a long time, and she did not lose interest.

colander and pipe cleanersThe colander and pipe cleaners are great for coordination and you can chat about the colours, shapes, length etc. Even little Olive couldn’t resist joining in!

colander and pipe cleaners

Oh and it makes a great hat too!!


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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