5 Spider Crafts You Must Do with Your Toddler This Halloween
As we were deep cleaning the other day, Lennox and I found a ginormous spider in between the window and the screen. It barely moves but is definitely still alive. While it may haunt me in my nightmares, Lennox gets a kick out of his new spider-friend, so I deemed it appropriate to focus on spider-crafts to kick off our Halloween, and boy did he have fun making these, and more fun playing with them as figurines. Consider them his “forky.”
Check out our 5 fine motor spider Halloween crafts below!
1. Spider Shapes
Household objects to work as shape stencils, or hand-drawn by a parent.
First, we took our Melissa and Doug First Shapes Jumbo Knob Puzzle and traced the shapes with a black Crayola marker. These the puzzle pieces are chunky and have a knob, which made it easy for Lennox to hold the puzzle down and trace it as best as he could.
Then, we filled in the shapes with black Crayola paint.
Next, we let it dry. Once it was fully dry. I put dots of glue where the eyes go, and Lennox used his fine motor skills to place the eyes on the glue spots.
Lastly, with Crayola marker, we drew six legs on every spider-shape, and overtop, we added glitter glue to make it pop!
Lennox was so excited once he realized they were spiders. This was the kick-off to his spider crafts, so he was pumped to make the rest! Just look at that I’m so excited, but I am too cool to show it face!!
2. Spider Magnets
First, let your toddler get messy with you and paint your popsicle sticks. We painted five sticks for our two different types of spider magnets. We let each stick dry for an hour and painted three coats since the washable paint is not very opaque.
Once painted, it’s time for the hot glue gun which should only be operated by the adult. Lennox learned this the hard way when his stubborn self-touched the hot glue! Luckily it was a lesson well learned. With the hot glue, glue three sticks together so that they crisscross and form the legs of the spider.
Then, I placed Elmer’s glue dots, and let Lennox put the eyes on. Together, we used the glitter glue to brighten up the spider’s legs.
Once everything was all dry, we added a sticky magnet to the back and put it on our fridge.
In our second Spider magnet, we just used one painted popsicle stick, and added three coats of paint. Then, we glued on the eyes and sequins. As for the legs, we cut up three pipe cleaners into halves and attached them onto the back with the hot glue. Lastly, we attached the magnets.
Take two finished toilet paper rolls and paint them black. As in our previous projects, we coated them with three layers of black paint. Once they were finished drying, Lennox added the sequins of his choosing to my pre-placed glue marks.
Then, I cut the rolls down a half-inch except for a tiny part, which I bent down to use a surface to put the sticker eyes.
Then, I took the tape, and taped the front, and back of both toilet paper together on the insides to form a binocular shape.
Lastly, I hot glued three pipe cleaners onto the bottom. On all of our pipe cleaner crafts, I make sure to fold the ends of each cleaner so they are even and so they don’t prick your toddler.
4. Stack the Spider
These cups were super easy and similar to the previous projects. Paint three layers of black paint onto your cups. Once they dry, add your eyes. For this craft, we used the peel-off-eyes because they stick better to plastic than with gluing them on. Then, we formed the legs out of pipe-cleaners, and I stuck them on with hot glue.
These spider cups are really entertaining for toddlers. Initially, I wanted to turn them into string puppets, but as soon as we finished decorating them, Lennox immediately started stacking them, using them like bowling pins, sorting bins, and more.
5. Paper Plate Spider Web
Last but not least, the paper plate spider web. Take a paper plate and cut out a large circle in the center of the plate. Apply three coats of black paint. Once it’s dry, hole punch, or if you don’t have one like me at the time, take a sharp object and carefully poke a hole the plate. Allow your toddler to exercise his fine motor skills with the yarn and show him how to weave it in and out of the holes. This is pretty advanced for a two-year-old toddler, so be patient. Once he has lost his attention span, go ahead, and weave your string throughout the different holes to form a web. Once you are out of yarn, or you have enough on your web, tie the end to another piece of yarn on the backside of your web.
Then, take a pom pom and add the peelable, sticky eyes since glue will not stick very well. Then, cut pipe cleaners into inch and a half pieces and hot glue them crisscross on the backside of the pompom. Wadah! A tiny spider that your toddler will love!
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