Pipe Cleaner Craft: Beaded Snakes

Making a pipe cleaner craft is a great way to practice hand-eye coordination with little ones, and these beaded snakes are a fun way to do just that!

My toddler loves to thread beads onto pipe cleaners. You can even use pieces of drinking straws, like we did to create toddler friendship bracelets. For our snakes, though, we stuck with colorful beads.

Are your kids learning how to read or write?

Here’s what you need to make these pipe cleaner craft snakes:

  • Pipe Cleaners in a variety of colors
  • Red pipe cleaner
  • Pony beads
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun

Bend the end of a pipe cleaner to prevent the beads from slipping off, then let your child thread the beads onto the pipe cleaner. We had fun making patterns and creating random designs. We even had races to see who could finish putting beads on first!

The last six beads on each pipe cleaner should be the same color. Fold the pipe cleaner back on itself to create a triangular-shape — this is your snake’s head!

Cut the red pipe cleaner into small pieces, then fold the end to create a thick tongue. Use the hot glue to attach this piece to the bottom of your snake’s head. Glue on the eyes, then bend the body into an “s” shape. Now your snake is done!

Aren’t they fun? Now that you have the supplies out, why not get started on some other pipe cleaner crafts?