Sensory Tugging Box for Tots!

If you’re looking for a way to stimulate your tot’s fine motor skills development and engage their sense of curiosity, this simple tugging box ticks both…boxes. Plus, it sates a toddler’s innate need to tug and pull out items – so your drawers are safe. For a couple hours.

Sensory tugging box

Check out the tutorial below for endless hours of fun. (And some free time for Mum!)


  • 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

  • Puncture holes into box and paint (bright colours always win with little ones!)
  • Thread different lengths of ribbon, felt and pipe cleaners through two holes and tie knots at the ends. Use a spare pipe cleaner to help push the materials through.
  • Seal box with tape and present to your lil’ tyke!

TIP: Leave some vacant holes in the box and give your kiddie some pipe cleaners to thread through on his own; this will further develop fine motor skills…and give you a few more moments to think up your next programme of entertainment…