Pipe cleaners are something we always have on hand. Here’s a collection of crafts and activities with pipe cleaners.
Use pipe cleaners to make Heart Art.
Plant a Tree
“Plant a tree” by threading pipe cleaners into the holes of a salt shaker. Pony beads become the leaves as you thread them on the pipe cleaners to finish your tree.
Pipe Cleaners and a Pringles Can
Punch holes in the lid of a Pringles can (or something similar). Use markers to color around each hole. Drop the matching colored pipe cleaner into each hole. This is great for fine motor skills as well as color identification.
DIY American Girl Doll Crown
Use a few pipe cleaners to make a crown for your doll.
Punch holes in any foam stickers you have on hand and lace them onto pipe cleaners.
Play Dough Creations
Add pipe cleaners to your play dough creations and monsters.
Beaded Turkey Craft
Use pipe cleaners, beads and play dough to make your own beaded turkey craft.
Pipe Cleaners and a Colander
Thread pipe cleaners through the holes of a colander. Make a design or just drop them through the holes.
DIY Toddler Stacking Toy
Use pipe cleaners of different colors to make shapes for this DIY Toddler Stacking Toy.
Add pipe cleaners to your sticky table. Use a piece of contact paper (sticky side up) and experiment with sticking different objects on the table and making different designs.
Buttons on a Pipe Cleaner
Threading buttons onto a pipe cleaner is perfect for little hands.
DIY Spider Bracelet
Make a spider bracelet at Halloween time or use any plastic animal with your pipe cleaner to create a DIY bracelet.
Pipe Cleaner Snakes
Threading beads onto pipe cleaners is wonderful for developing fine motor skills. Match the beads to the same colored pipe cleaner, count a certain number of beads onto a pipe cleaner, or make a pattern. You can also enjoy creating pipe cleaner snakes like we did.
Twist pipe cleaners to make a fireworks stamp. Dip them in paint and stamp them onto black paper to make a beautiful print.
Fruit Loop Bracelets
Thread fruit loops onto a pipe cleaner to make your own edible Fruit Loop Bracelet.
Use pipe cleaners, beads, and styrofoam to make your own rainbow.
Pipe Cleaner Drop
Drop pipe cleaner pieces into a cheese shaker. Add dice to roll and count how many to drop in.
Toddler Color Matching
Bend pipe cleaners into rings for this “Rings on Fingers” color matching activity.