20+ Pipe Cleaner Crafts and Activities

20+ Pipe Cleaner Crafts and Activities. You'll never believe everything you can do with pipe cleaners. From art to learning activities and everything in between.

Pipe cleaners are some of our favorite supplies for kids fun. I love how they come in a variety of colors, are fairly inexpensive (I've seen them at the dollar store) and are totally versatile.  I also have great memories of playing with pipe cleaners when I was a kid. Well, pipe cleaners are still very popular all these years later. Check out over 20 ideas for Pipe Cleaner Activities from my friends over at The PLAY Group.

Making Robots from Train Up A Child

The Very Hungry Pasta Caterpillar from Powerful Mothering

The Very Hungry Pasta Bead Caterpillar

Pipe Cleaner First Sculpture from Craftulate

Straw and Jewelry Creations from Mess For Less

Spoon Ants from Train Up A Child

Pipe Cleaner Beading from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

Pipe Cleaner Trees for Wooden Train Layouts from Play Trains

Pipe Cleaner Trees for Wooden Train Layouts @ Play Trains!  Another DIY element we've come up with to add to our toy train set.

Counting Bead Fun from Mess For Less

Shamrock Crystals from Housing a Forest

Rainbow Discovery Bottles from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Discovery bottles

Glowing Aliens from Train Up A Child

Beads and Pipe Cleaners from Craftulate

Pipe Cleaner Counting Game from Mess For Less

Hungry Caterpillar Egg Carton Craft from Crafts for Kidlets


Pipe Cleaner Cat Whiskers from Train Up A Child

Pipe Cleaner Butterflies from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

Fine Motor Skills with Colanders from Mess For Less

Hand Print Flowers for Spring from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Egg Carton Turtle Craft from Train Up A Child

Practice Spelling with Pipe Cleaners from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

Spring Playdough from Mess For Less

Playdough Games: Make Srping play dough for kids by using stuff you already have at home. #play-dough #spring

Practice Spelling with Pipe Cleaners from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

Pipe Cleaner Challenge from Housing a Forest

Tinfoil and Pipe Cleaner Challenge that your kids will love!

Patterned Bead Snake from Mess For Less

This collection of pipe cleaner ideas is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much you can do with pipe cleaners to help kids, learn, play and create art. I would love to hear about some of your favorite ways to play with pipe cleaners.

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  1. What cute, cute ideas! Love the spoon ants and the caterpillar! :-)

  2. These look like a lot of fun! I will have to favorite this post, thanks for sharing. :)

  3. Thanks for sharing our pasta / pipe cleaner caterpillar!

    Pinning. :D

  4. I love this round-up post of Pipe cleaner ideas! Perfect for a summer boredom buster. Our Simply Create Link Party is going on right now. I would love to have you link up these ideas. I'm sure my readers would love to see them too! Hope to see you soon!


  5. so cute.... thanks for sharing! i will do it with my little ones!..

  6. cute cute.. thanks for sharing.. great ideas !!