While I was cleaning out the cupboards in our kitchen a couple of weeks ago, I came across a stash of pipe cleaners I bought for my daughter when she was about 18-months-old. The intention when I bought them was to help develop her fine motor skills by having her stick the pipe cleaners into the holes of a colander while I was cooking dinner, but the novelty of that activity wore off pretty quickly and I must’ve just thrown them into the back of the cupboard and forgotten about them.
The good news is that my daughter is now old enough to sit still for more than 30 seconds at a time, and while she’s not a huge fan of arts and crafts, the texture of pipe cleaners, and the way they can be manipulated into different shapes really interests her.
So I’ve been on the hunt for exciting pipe cleaner crafts the 2 of us can do together after school, and I was so impressed with all of the incredible ideas I stumbled upon on Pinterest that I had to share my favorites with you.
Here are 25 activities to keep the creativity going!
1. Pipe Cleaner Glasses (Meet the Dubiens)
2. Pipe Cleaner Calculator (Frugal Fun 4 Boys)
3. Styrofoam Cup Crabs (All Free Kids Crafts)
4. Chameleon Pipe Cleaner Creature (Martha Stewart)
5. Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppets (One Little Project)
6. Fine Motor Octopus (Buggy and Buddy)
7. Pipe Cleaner Dancing Princesses (Zing Zing Tree)
8. Pipe Cleaner Fall Tree (Reading Confetti)
9. DIY Paper Umbrellas (My Kid’s Guide)
10. Pipe Cleaner Crown (Be a Fun Mum)
11. Pipe Cleaner Fishing (Best Toys 4 Toddlers)
12. Pine Cone Weaving (Rainy Day Mum)
13. Colorful Pipe Cleaner Bead Mazes (Teach Preschool)
14. Easy Spider Paper Plate Craft (Coffee Cups and Crayons)
15. Beaded Dragonfly and Lightning Bugs (I Heart Crafty Things)
16. Pipe Cleaner Ninjas (Frugal Fun 4 Boys)
17. Learning Letters with Pipe Cleaners (Make and Takes)
18. Growing Crystals with Pipe Cleaners (Parents)
19. Pipe Cleaner Rings (Funky Polka Dot Giraffe)
20. Coffee Filter Butterflies (Mommy Gaga)
21. Pattern Snakes (Frugal Fun 4 Boys)
22. Busy Pipe Cleaner Activity (Hands On As We Grow)
23. Woven Pipe Cleaner Cans (DIY Ready)
24. Easy Pipe Cleaner Pals (Parents)
25. Pipe Cleaner Worms (My Creative Days)
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