I find pipe cleaners and plastic pony beads somehow off-putting. I could include some other stuff here like googly eyes or colour-ins for example. I think with me anything to do with easy crafts goes in that brain field.
But I do know all these things are also really unbeatable. If you want to work on child’s coordination, on fine motor skills or just do something relaxing, without really need to think, hey:
pipe cleaners, colour ins, pony beads, googly eyes!
And yes, why not.
This is a great and valuable exercise for little finger muscles and wrists, for concentration and patience. And they had much fun! More then I would like to admit!