For rainy days, it’s always good to have a few creative kids’ crafts up your sleeve. Making pipe cleaner animals is a great example. It’s simple to do and kids can have hours of fun playing with their new animal friends after. Try these crafts with pipe cleaners next time the British weather is being “unpredictable”!
To make these easy pipe cleaner crafts you’ll need:
- Pipe cleaners
- Marker pens
- Googly eyes or beads
- Glue (for help with glue stain removal, click here)
- Sticky tape
- Wooden lolly sticks
- Small pompoms
- Scissors (upgrade to zig-zag scissors if you fancy making something a little different)
Remember: when making pipe cleaner crafts for kids, you should always keep an eye on your kids, especially when handling craft materials like glue, scissors, and small beads. We recommend this craft as suitable for children aged 3 years +.
How to make pipe cleaner animals for kids
Here are three easy pipe cleaner crafts for kids that you can try out at home:
- Paint a lolly stick green and allow to dry
- Starting from the middle of the lolly stick, wind a green pipe cleaner around it until you’re about a quarter away from the end, stop and bend the remaining pipe cleaner to make legs and feet. Trim the pipe cleaner with scissors if necessary
- Repeat on the other end of the stick
- Cut some teeth out of white paper using scissors (zig-zag scissors will pre-cut the pattern for you) and stick them to the bottom of the lolly stick. Then glue some googly eyes or black beads to the top of the lolly stick, draw on some nostrils with a marker, and your crocodile is complete!
- Create the body of your tiger by coiling a pipe cleaner around a pen. Leave a little bit of the pipe cleaner straight at each end
- Draw a tiger’s head on a piece of paper, you could let your child do this, or do this yourself and let them colour it in. Cut out the head and secure to the straight end of the coiled pipe cleaner at the front of the body
- At the back end of the body, bend the pipe cleaner to create a tail
- Cut two short pieces off of another pipe cleaner – these will be the legs. Wrap one piece around the bottom of the spiral at the front and one around the back. Make sure there is equal amount of leg on each side and fold the tips of each leg to create feet so your tiger can stand up.
- Tightly wrap a pipe cleaner around a marker pen to make the bunny’s body and bend another pipe cleaner into a M shape to create your bunny’s ears
- Remove the pen – you should be left with a spiral shaped pipe cleaner. Thread the M shape through the middle of the spiral so that the ear shape is visible at the top of the spiral body
- Fold the bottom of the M shaped pipe cleaner into little feet so that your bunny will be able to stand up. Then adjust the ears so they stand upright
- Glue on two googly eyes, and attach some small pompoms for a nose and a tail.
Get creative with pipe cleaner animals
Once you’ve got the hang of creating a basic spiral shaped animal body, you can make just about any animal. For example, swap the legs for antenna on the tiger to make a caterpillar. Make a whole jungle or forest of pipe cleaner animals and let your kids’ imaginations run wild as they have fun playing make-believe!
Pipe cleaner animals for kids also make great gifts for friends and relatives. You could attach a key chain or a safety pin to your animal to make a funky keyring or badge, or glue a magnet to the back to create a 3D fridge magnet.
Did you have fun making these crafts for kids with pipe cleaners? What animals can your kids make out of pipe cleaners? We’d love to hear from you in a comment below. Looking for more rainy day craft inspiration? Why not try making animals out of recycled toilet rolls, a crown out of a paper plate, or fairy wings using an old cardboard box? Find the instructions you need to make these crafts and many more in Kids’ Activities.