Pipe cleaners are the perfect craft material for kids! They’re inexpensive, and they can be made into a variety of adorable animals. With just a few simple cuts and bends, you and your children will be able to create some wonderfully creative and whimsical creatures.
And with so many different pipe cleaner colors available, there’s no limit to what you can make! Using pipe cleaners, you can easily make flowers, little dolls, and wands. They are great for making items for imaginary play.
Here, we’ll show you how to make 10 fun and easy pipe cleaner animals that kids (and adults!) will love to make, and play with afterwards. All you need is some patience and creativity!
How to Make 10 Pipe Cleaner Animals
These crafts are quick and easy, so spend some time with your child making these fun animals. All you need is a few pipe cleaners, scissors, glue, googly eyes and the patience to let the kids have fun.
No matter what their age or skill level is, kids can have a blast crafting these adorable animals. From jellyfish to peacocks to bunnies, here are ten easy pipe cleaner crafts that will give them plenty of ideas to draw from. These pipe cleaner animals are perfect for kids of all ages!
These critters don’t take much time at all to make, and they’re perfect for learning about animal shapes and colors. You can even go one step further and teach kids about habitats.
Under Water Pipe Cleaner Animals
Make this pipe cleaner jellyfish craft as colorful as you want to create a magical underwater world for imaginary play, using twisted pipe cleaners for the jellyfishes wiggly tentacles – how cute! Crafts by Amanda will show you how.
Make this pipe cleaner fish craft in a variety of colors to pair with your jellyfish. Add some blue tissue paper for water and some green streamers for algae and you have an underwater world ready for whatever stories you can come up with.
You can even use these for a magnetic fishing game. Artsy Craftsy Mom will show you how.
Add a bit more sparkle to your underwater wonderland with these fish. These are made with pipe cleaners and pony beads. These would be a good fit for a retelling of The Rainbow Fish.
One more pipe cleaner animal for your underwater adventures. Can you see how the possibilities for imaginative play are quite endless with pipe cleaners?
More Pipe Cleaner Animals – from bugs to bunnies
Pipe Cleaner Peacock – Pretty pipe cleaners, feathers, and sparkly blue paper combine to make a gorgeous craft that is also a puppet.
Super cute, fluffy little bunnies and a yummy carrot for them to nosh on. You can use brown pipe cleaners for a more realistic looking bunny.
Beaded Snakes – A simple craft that is great for working on the fine motor skills of preschoolers.
A fun pipe cleaner craft that will likely lead to some practical jokes after it is finished. Or add them to your Halloween decorating.
These super cute animals are easy enough for most school aged children to tackle on their own. Preschoolers and toddlers will love to make these with a little help.
The directions make a practical object, but you can use the instructions to simply make the mouse if you are looking for one for your imaginative play.
You can use all these pipe cleaner animals for retelling favorite stories and fairy tales with children. You can use them in invitations to play and sensory bins. Or you can simply let your child play with them how they see fit. Let the imaginations run wild and fun will be had by all!
One of the best ways to have a great time with kids is by making crafts. It doesn’t matter if you’re a parent or a grandparent, there are so many crafts that you can do to have fun with kids. These 10 pipe cleaner animals are just the beginning. There is a lot of creative inspiration to be found online, and lots of easy crafts that can be made with Pipe cleaners. Check out our selection of 10 more Pipe cleaner crafts
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Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
Her easy-to-follow craft ideas and practical parenting advice have transformed In The Playroom into a cherished resource for parents.