DIY tugging box for fine motor development

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Give a toddler a box of tissues or baby wipes and you can be sure that within seconds they end up all over the floors. I know you know what I’m talking about – hahaha.

It is part of a child’s natural response to pull at things and to see what happens. It also doesn’t matter how many times they receive the same outcome, they continue to test theories and experiment. It’s so simple to make at home and it will have your little one entertained and learning through play in no time.









  • Cardboard box
  • Various lengths of ribbon, strips of felt and/or pipe cleaners
  • Sticky tape
  • Pencil
  • Paint (optional)

How to make a DIY tugging box for young toddlers

  1. Puncture holes into a box and paint
  2. Thread various lengths of ribbon through two holes and tie knots at the ends. Use a pipe cleaner (as shown above) to help with threading.
  3. Seal box with tape

Cause and Effect

Thread each end of ribbon through two different holes.

Sensory Experience

The various ribbons, felt strips and large pipe cleaners created a wonderful sensory experience too.

Fine Motor Skills and Hand / Eye co-ordination

As an added task to this tugging box add a few pipe cleaners so they can build on their hand/eye co-ordination as well as their fine motor skills.

Concentrating and aiming the ends into the vacant holes is the aim in the game.

Through trial and error they often find that by holding the pipe cleaner at the end and closer to the hole they have greater success.

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