Mouse Ladder

Mice are expert climbers. This DIY enrichment ladder is a great way for mice to express their normal, natural climbing behaviours - it is also a fantastic and easy way to increase the play area of their enclosure!

Materials needed:

  • Cardboard tubes
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Nail
  • Pen/pencil


  1. Start by cutting a straight line through one side of each cardboard tube.
  2. Next, tightly roll each cardboard tube. You can use a pen or pencil to help.
  3. With the help of an adult, use a nail to make a hole from one side of the cardboard tube through to the other side on each end. Be sure to take care!
  4. Cut three lengths of twine and tie a knot, leaving some extra twine at the
    top. Next, plait down about 7-8cm.
  5. Thread the middle piece of twine from the plait through the hole in the cardboard tube.
  6. Continue the plait for 2-3cm on the other side of the cardboard tube, then
    add another tube. Do the same on the other side as well.
  7. Complete the ladder with another 7-8cm plait at the end. Be sure to leave extra length if donating to SPCA!

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