Peg and Pipe Cleaner Crocodiles

March 9, 2017 8 Comments
Peg Crocodiles

These Peg and Pipe Cleaner Crocodiles are a great rainy day craft for children. Using just simple craft materials that you may have lying around already.  The kids loved getting involved and loved playing with their little snappy crocodiles at the end of it. I just need to  think of more animals we can make!

Peg crocodiles

So when it’s a miserable day outside, and you can’t be bothered to venture out, what do you do? In our house it’s a case of getting out the craft boxes and seeing what we can create.  This time we decided on using some simple items in our craft boxes to make these cute little snappy peg and pipe cleaner crocodiles.

What You Will Need

  • Sharpie pens or paint (see later!)
  • Wooden clothes pegs
  • Googley eyes!
  • Green pipe cleaners

Peg crocodiles


How you make your Peg and Pipe Cleaner Crocodiles

  1. The first thing we set out to do was paint our clothes pegs green.  The kids loved doing this.  However there was a problem.  Paint generally takes time to dry which meant the kids lost interest in the activity pretty quickly. Plan B was set in the action.  We used coloured sharpie markers to colour in the pegs.  I found this easier than the paint to use if i’m honest.  However you can’t help getting it over your hands (me included), and this may not be an ideal method if you have very young children. If you are planning to do this with very young children I would suggest you paint the pegs the day before, or buy pre-coloured pegs.
  2. So when we decided on doing it with the sharpie markers we started by colouring in a tongue with a red marker on the opening (see picture), and then drawing teeth with the black marker.  The rest of the peg was coloured in green.  If you are painting them, I would paint them first, then use the marker pens to draw in the mouth details after they were dry.
  3. Start with half of a green pipe cleaner for the head and wind it round on the top half of the peg near the hinge, twisting the two ends at the top (see picture).
  4. Then use 2 full pipe cleaners for legs, wrapping them around the bottom part of the peg, one in front of the hinge and one behind, shaping them into legs (again see picture).
  5. Stick 2 googley eyes onto the head pipe cleaner using gloopey glue (PVA) or a glue gun if you have one (adults only!).
  6.  That’s it!  Your finished snappy peg and pipe cleaner crocodiles are ready for action!

Now I just need to design some other animals to make with pipe cleaners and pegs!

I have since made Pipe Cleaner Dragonsand some Monster Pencil Toppers.  I also still would like to make a butterfly and chamaleon, so watch this space!  If you have any other suggestions I would be glad to hear them!

If you give this a go, please send or tweet me a pic!

Kerry x


  • Amy @ Arty apple March 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Oh my goodness! My kids would love this. The craft section of your blog is brilliant. They’ll love making these crocodiles.

    • Kerry March 16, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks Amy, if you do much them send me a pic! x

  • Naomi July 7, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    These are so cute and look really easy to make! #kidsandkreativity

    • Kerry August 1, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      Thank you. They are easy, and my kids love them!

  • ruth cartwright July 8, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Super cute! Love anything with pipe cleaners #KidsandKreativity

    • Kerry August 1, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      Got to love a pipe cleaner!

  • Helena July 16, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    These look great fun and would work well as an activity to accompany the book The Enormous Crocodile #KidsandKreativity

    • Kerry August 1, 2018 at 3:07 pm

      That’s such a good idea, we have ‘The Selfish Crocodile’ which would work equally well I think.

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    Hi I'm Kerry, Wife to James, Step Mum to one, Mum to two and more fur, feather and winged babies than I can count. I have a passion for crafts, encouraging creativity and inspiring imagination especially in children. So if you are looking for some inspiration, ideas and resources to inject a little creativity into your family life, then you've come to the right place. Read More


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