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Spider!

Materials:

  • Styrofoam ball – I used 2″ diameter
  • Black paint
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Paper clip
  • String
  • Glue/Hot glue

Instructions:

  1. Paint the Styrofoam ball black.

    This will be have to be prepped ahead of time if you want less mess!

    I used acrylic paint to speed up drying and for better coverage and it still took a good 45 minutes before the balls were completely dry.

  2. Cut pipe cleaners to desired spider leg length.

    I cut mine into quarter lengths.

  3. Have your child stick one end of the pipe cleaner into the ball.

    Younger kids may need a little help pushing the pipe cleaner in farther to keep it secure.

    I usually let the kids poke them in and go back later on to secure them.

  4. Bend the end of the legs slightly to give your spider cute little feet.

  5. Have your child glue on eyes.

    Glue takes a while to dry when put on Styrofoam! As soon as your child puts the eyes on, don’t move the spider until it’s dry or the eyes will slide around.

    To speed up the process, I had the kids glue the eyes where they wanted them to be. Then I went back with hot glue and glued the eyes exactly where the kids had them. 

  6. Break a paper clip in half.

  7. Tie string to the paper clip.

  8. Push the ends of the halved paper clip into the top of the spider’s body. 

OPTIONAL: Since we were using this project as Halloween decorations, I went back after class and secured the eyes with hot glue. I added a little drop of hot glue on the paper clip to the secure the string and reinforce the paper clip’s hold on the spider body. They worked wonderfully!

Suggested project uses

This project can be used in the following ways:

  • Letter themed project 
  • Use this project to create fun, cute decorations for Halloween!
  • Pair this project with a book about spiders
  • Use this project to act out nursery rhymes or stories!
  • Whatever you use this project for, remember to proudly display your child’s masterpiece!

Discussion suggestions:

Here is a list of things you can talk about while doing this project with your child:

  • Talk about spiders. Why they are useful, what is their purpose in the environment
  • Talk about the different parts of a spider. Count the legs, eyes, etc. Compare spiders to other insects and note the similarities and differences.
  • Discuss where spiders live. Not all spiders make webs!
  • Talk about your Halloween traditions

Skillset

While working on this project, your child will be practicing the following skills:

  • Fine motor
  • Eye-Hand Coordination 
  • Imagination and Creation
  • Counting
  • Holiday and traditions
  • Nature
  • Pretend play