21 Incredibly Cool Things Kids Can Do With Straws

Fun at school or at home!

Straw Activities WeAreTeachers

The best activities are ones you can do with inexpensive supplies (or stuff you already haveat home). Drinking straws fit that bill perfectly. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite straw activities, STEM challenges, and crafts. Try them in the classroom or at home … they’re fun everywhere! (Eco-tip: If you’re looking to avoid plastic straws, you’ll find that most of these activities work perfectly with paper straws too.)

1. Spin and spell with straws

Straw Activities

Use two different sizes of straws to make this easy straw learning tool. Switch letters in and out and spin to spell new word combinations.

Learn more: Still Playing School

2. Launch straw rockets

This is one of those straw activities kids will play with over and over again. Get the free printable and instructions at the link.

Learn more: Buggy and Buddy

3. Build a straw tower

Straw Activities Teachers Are Terrific

You can do some pretty cool STEM challenges with straws. Ask kids to build a bridge or the tallest tower they can. For a real challenge, make a tower that can support the weight of a bucket of coins.

Learn more: Teachers Are Terrific

4. Combine straws with a colander for fine motor practice

Little ones will love this straw activity, and it couldn’t be easier to set up. Simply give them a colander and some straws (make sure the straws fit through the holes). Wee fingers will get terrific fine motor skills practice threading the straws in and out.

Learn more: Kids Activities Blog

5. Create a colorful straw scene

Cut colored straws into pieces and use them to make pictures. When you find one you like, use a little glue to fix it in place on a piece of paper.

Learn more: Raising Whasians

6. Make a marble maze

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This is one of the most popular straw activities out there, and we can see why! Craft a marble maze inside a cardboard box, then roll the marble or tilt the box to complete the puzzle.

Learn more: Teach Preschool

7. Play a pan flute

Here’s a sweet activity for budding musicians! Blow across the tops of the different lengths of straws to make different tones and compose your own song.

Learn more: Buggy and Buddy

8. Use straws to blow paint

You might make a little bit of a mess, but kids will get such a kick out of this fun activity. Make abstract art, or wait until it’s dry and add details with markers.

Learn more: Artful Parent

9. Fly straw gliders

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This is a cool twist on traditional paper airplanes. Kids can experiment with the size of the paper hoops, the length of the straw, and more to find the best flyers.

Learn more: Momtastic

10. Build with straws and Play-Doh

A little Play-Doh plus some straws give kids building tools for hours! Straw activities like this one really encourage creativity.

Learn more: Fireflies and Mudpies

11. Separate salt and pepper with a straw

Harness the power of static electricity and use a plastic straw to separate salt from pepper. It seems like magic, but it’s really science!

Learn more: Life With Moore Learning

12. Construct a straw roller coaster

Straw Activities

Who wouldn’t want to build one of these? Sturdy straws make an incredible ping pong ball roller coaster, and kids will love experimenting with different arrangements.

Learn more: Frugal Fun For Boys and Girls

13. Lace up shapes

This is a smart variation on lacing cards. Kids learn their shapes and get some fine motor skills practice too.

Learn more: Planning Playtime

14. Craft a moving hand

Not only is this project incredibly cool, but it also teaches kids about the way muscles and tendons work. So fun!

Learn more: Vivify STEM

15. Put together geometric shapes

When you combine straws with pipe cleaners, you can make all sorts of geometric shapes. This is a fun STEM challenge for kids—see how many they can come up with on their own.

Learn more: The Tiny Funnel

16. Then make geometric bubbles

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You can use those geometric straw shapes to create totally amazing bubbles too!

Learn more: Babble Dabble Do

17. Build a straw house

While you’ve got the pipe cleaners and straws out, turn them into building tools. Create buildings, animal models, or interesting abstract sculptures.

Learn more: Deceptively Educational

18. Hang a straw wreath

These make a fun classroom decoration, or a craft for kids to take home. All you need is glue and lots and lots of straws.

Learn more: Lorrie Everitt Studio

19. Wear a straw bracelet

Snip straws into pieces and string them on pipe cleaners or yarn. Add sparkly beads too for even more glamorous fun!

Learn more: Penguins in Pink

20. Use straws to paint with bubbles

Kids love to blow into their straws to create bubbles in their milk. Turn that impulse into a masterpiece! (This is a good activity to do outside since it tends to get pretty messy.)

Learn more: Our Little House in the Country

21. Make a straw skeleton

Straw Activities

The leg bone’s connected to the hip bone, and they’re all made out of straws! This one is fun for Halloween or as an intro to an anatomy unit.

Learn more: Education.com

Like these straw activities? Try these 30 Clever and Colorful Pipe Cleaner Crafts and Learning Activities.

Plus, 26 Wood Craft Stick Projects and Ideas for the Classroom.

21 Incredibly Cool Things Kids Can Do With Straws

Posted by Jill Staake

Jill Staake is a writer living in Tampa, Florida. She's spent most of her life teaching in traditional classrooms and beyond, from 8th grade English to butterfly encounters, and believes learning is a life-long process.

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