Have you seen Finding Dory yet? We finally saw it, and our family loved it! My daughter immediately wanted to recreate scenes of the movie through play. We didn’t have any Finding Dory toys, so I decided that we needed to come up with our own Finding Dory craft.
I looked around the house to see what I could create and noticed a box of pipe cleaners sitting on the shelf. A few sins, twists and bends and we recreated all of the fun characters for the movie. It was not only easy, but something my daughter was able to make as well. We really enjoyed doing this craft together.
1 white pipe cleaner
3 1/2 red pipe cleaners
3 yellow pipe cleaners
1 orange pipe cleaner
1 blue pipe cleaner
1 green pipe cleaner
You can order a box of 150 different colored pipe cleaners HERE.
Most of these are self-explanatory. Some things we did to make them accurate to the move were focused on the details. For instance, Marin (or Nemo, whichever you decide to make) has exactly three white stripes!
That’s an important detail to keep in mind, if your child is as literal as mine is! The octopus is referred to as a, “septapus” on multiple occasions because he’s missing a tentacle. So we made our red “octopus” with only seven tentacles.
SEA TURTLE: Use a full green pipe cleaner to make the his body. Cut a yellow pipe cleaner into three even pieces to make his front fins and his head. Then cut another yellow pipe cleaner in half to make his long fins in the back. Bend to look like fins and attach.
NEMO (or MARLIN): Use one full orange pipe cleaner to form the fish shape. Cut a white pipe cleaner into two longer pieces and one short piece to make his three white stripes.
DORY: Use a full blue pipe cleaner to make the diamond shape. Attach her tail using a full yellow pipe cleaner, and just wrap the excess around the back of the diamond to giver her more yellow to complete her design.
HANK: Use a full red pipe cleaner to make a small oval for his torso, and two of his tentacles. Cut 2 more full red pipe cleaners in half and attach them for the tentacles. That should bring you to a total of six tentacles. Cut one more red pipe cleaner in half, and attach just one half of it to the octopus, to make him a, “septapus.”
Now you have characters for you and your little one to play with! You can make all kinds of characters using pipe cleaners, and they’re super cheap too, so there’s room for mistakes!