We are going to explore a few different ways to build a zoo this month. Our Zoo Threading activity will serve as practice for all those dioramas you’ll be making in elementary school.

This preschool STEM activity will work on fine motor skills as well as engineering skills.

Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Engineering Skills

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose
  • Engage in problem solving activities

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Required Materials

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Small Box

*Animal Stickers

*Pipe Cleaners

*White Paper


*Hole Punch


Step #1

Cut off the front of a box or use a shoebox.

Since we used a box that opened at the top originally, I cut out the front and taped the sides back together. 


Step #2

Glue a piece of white paper into the box. You may need to trim it to make it fit.

Step #3

Add animal stickers to the white paper.

Step #4

Punch 4 to 5 holes in the top and bottom of the box.

Step #5

Use pipe cleaners to thread through the holes.

Trim the pipe cleaners as needed and bend them to keep them secure it on the box.

Teacher Tip

It may help to cut the pipe cleaners before your Lil’ starts threading with them. 

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