Category: Color Identifier

Pipe Cleaner Play for Learning Colors

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This activity is designed to help Autistic children or children with learning disabilities and slow fine motor skills learn how to read and identify colors by using pipe cleaners, a Sharpie, and tape.

  • Step 1: Gather about six pipe cleaners in assorted colors: blue, red, green, yellow, and purple. Gather other materials: masking tape, blue beads, red beads, green beads, yellow beads, and purple beads (with large enough holes to be strung onto pipe cleaners).
  • Step 2: Tape a 3 inch piece of masking tape to one end of the pipe cleaner to make a flag.
  • Step 3: Write the color name corresponding to the color of the pipe cleaner; i.e., a piece of masking tape with "red" written on it would be taped to a red pipe cleaner.
  • Step 4: Ask the child to string blue beads onto the blue pipe cleaner, red beads onto the red pipe cleaner, etc.


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Pipe Cleaner Play for Learning Colors