Pipe Cleaner Activities for Kids

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Ahoy, crafty adventurers! Are you ready to set sail on a creative journey with pipe cleaner activities as your trusty crew? These bendy and colorful sticks are the perfect material for all kinds of fun and imaginative activities that will keep your little ones engaged and learning.

Want more? Check out these pipe cleaner ideas for kids

But pipe cleaners are more than just a whimsical accessory to your crafting arsenal – they are also a powerful tool for developing important skills in children. From fine motor skills to hand-eye coordination, and even problem-solving and spatial awareness, twisting and bending pipe cleaners can help foster a range of abilities that are crucial for your child’s development.

So grab your compass and chart a course for creativity – pipe cleaner crafts are the perfect way to set your imaginations soaring and develop important skills along the way. With endless possibilities for shapes, colors, and designs, pipe cleaners are a versatile and exciting material that kids will love to explore. So let’s set sail and discover the many wonders of pipe cleaner crafting!


Pipe Cleaner Activities for Kids

Rescue the Sea Creatures: Fine Motor Activity

Rescue the Sea Creatures: Fine Motor Rescue is an easy toddler and preschooler activity. Let your little one free octopus and starfish using their fingers or scissors!

Counting Beaded Hearts Activity

Counting Beaded Hearts Activity is a fun and easy counting activity for Valentine’s Day. Count and match the hearts!

Decorate the Christmas Tree: Easy Fine Motor Activity

Decorate the Christmas Tree using pipe cleaners and beads! It’s a festive and easy fine motor holiday craft for kids of all ages!

Heart Tic-Tac-Toe Activity

Heart Tic-Tac-toe is a fun and easy activity for Valentine’s Day! All you need are a few pipe cleaners and a curious preschooler.

Spider Threading Colour Matching Activity

Spider Threading Colour Matching Activity is a fun colour matching and fine motor activity for preschoolers and kindergartners.

Beaded Heart Craft

Beaded Heart Craft a a great craft for Valentine’s Day. Create a colourful beaded heart and work on those fine motor skills!

Magnetic Hearts Activity

Magnetic Hearts Activity makes playing with magnets this Valentines Day super fun and easy! Explore the amazing world of magnets!

Magnetic Apple Sorting Sensory Bin

Magnetic Apple Sorting Sensory Bin is a fun sorting and STEM sensory bin for toddlers and preschool. It is a great sensory activity for Fall.

Leaf Counting Wands

Leaf Counting Wands is a simple math activity for Fall or anytime! Create Leaf wands to practice counting with your toddler or preschooler.

Fall Tree Counting for Preschoolers

Fall Tree Counting preschool activity is a fun fine motor counting activity for Fall. Decorate a mini tree and practice counting!

Witch’s Broomstick Fine Motor Activity

Here is a simple witch’s broomstick fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Decorate a broomstick with pony beads this Halloween!

Feather Counting Wands

Feather counting wands is a fun and easy math activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Create feather wands for your child this Thanksgiving!

New Years Bead Threading

Here is a fun and easy fine motor New Years activity perfect for toddler and preschoolers! Bead threading the new year! Happy New Year!

Heart Counting

Here is a fun and easy to make fine motor numeracy activity for toddlers and preschoolers. It also makes a great busy bag!

Age Suitability

These pipe cleaners crafts and activities are good for toddlers aged children 2 years old and up.

Mess Level

The mess level for these pipe cleaner crafts and activities varies.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

Click here for more information: Play2Learn

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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