Pipecleaner Art

Nurturestore Art Explorers Project PostAs you may have noticed I’m really letting go and J is starting to take the lead with the crafting and art that we do at the moment – yes we’re still making things but as a very independent toddler he is wanting to take charge so when Nurturestore posted their Art Explorers Project I though YEAH it’s a great opportunity to get J experimenting with different materials to discover that paint and glue aren’t the only materials to make Art with.


The first of the projects is pipe-cleaners so I got out the pipe-cleaners today and J sat down with them and “Made”.

First J explored the different pipe-cleaners – he sorted the out in sparkly and plain and then into colours as well.

Toddler sorting with pipecleaners

J sorted through the pipe-cleaners separating them into colours, texture and some thing else that I wasn't exactly sure on the category of!

He then decided that he was going to make something – but it was “Can’t tell you Mummy it’s a secret” this is becoming a common phrase at the moment and is very tiring especially as we often have “I can’t find it”, “what can’t you find J”, “I can’t tell you it’s a secret!” – I was instructed to get the play dough box (yes we now have a play dough box due to our craft supplies organisation) and J picked out the tub of our Night Sky Play dough that is still going strong and set to work putting the pipe-cleaners into and experimenting with what they can do

Exploring the properties of pipecleaners

J experimented with the pipe-cleaners poking them into the play dough, then bending them

True to form I was then told “Googley eyes” and when I asked how many “1 Mummy” was the response so I dutifully got out the googley eye and handed it over. After some bending of the pipe-cleaners and moulding the play dough there was a declaration of “FINISHED” and I was handed….

Pipecleaner Art Explorers Creation - Incy Wincy

Incy Wincy J's finished pipe-cleaner Art


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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and now mum. She's passionate about supporting learning at school at home, bringing books alive, giving kids life skills and exploring the world around us sharing Creative, Family Friendly, Fun Ideas for the whole family on Rainy Day Mum


    • says

      I just store store brought playdough in the containers and all homemade stuff is stored wrapped in cling film/seran wrap and it lasts. I have a playdough box so everything is in that with the lid on which may helps as well.