Paper Straws

My favourite activities are easy to put together and cheep but also totally absorbing with lots to learn. This one ticks all the boxes. Small loves everything to do with water but most of all he loves experimenting with putting different things in to water. Probably all children do. 

What you’ll need

  • Scissors
  • Floppy card or stiff paper
  • Masking tape
  • A crayon
  • A glass
  • Water


  1. Cut out a rectangle of card
  2. Roll it up using a crayon to keep the tube space inside
  3. Stick it together with masking tape
  4. Remove the crayon
  5. Pop your straw in a glass of water
  6. Blow!


This might be a small activity but I like it. It’s easy and quick enough that we were able to squeeze a bit of science in right after dinner. With our paper straws we learnt about breathing just by watching the air bubble through water. It was exciting to try things out like testing how long we could blow for and if we could blow hard enough to bubble the water out of the glass. We wanted to know what happened with more straws. And what was inside the straws when we’d finished blowing. We connected up some of the little things that happen when we blow into a straw to develop a really big idea about how breathing works.


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