Another way to entertain our 18 month old and distract him temporarily from teething, whilst developing fine motor skills.


  • Colander
  • Straws
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Threading toys


Cian started off by pushing some of the straws further in to the colander and pulling some of them out.

He then picked up some of the loose straws and started to fit them in the holes.

DfES Outcomes for EYFS (2013)

Communication and language

Understanding (16 to 26 months)

• Understands simple sentences (e.g. ‘Throw the ball’.)

Physical Development

Moving and handling (8 to 20 months)

  • Passes toys from one hand to the other.
  • Picks up small objects between thumb and fingers.

Personal, social and emotional development

Self-confidence and self-awareness (16 to 26 months)

  • Explores new toys and environments, but ‘checks in’ regularly with familiar adult as and when needed.


Shape, space and measures (16 to 26 months)

  • Enjoys filling and emptying containers.

Understanding the world

The World (16 to 26 months)

  • Explores objects by linking together different approaches: shaking, hitting, looking, feeling, tasting, mouthing, pulling, turning and poking.