Scary Spider Activity

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Updated on Oct 21, 2013

Turn your little ghoul's hands into a creepy, crawly spider just in time for Halloween. All she'll need are her little hands to create a kooky, spooky spider. She'll create detailed shapes as she cuts around each of her fingers to make spindly spider legs. What's more, she'll get to practice making concentric shapes while drawing a spider's web!

What You Need:

  • Construction paper
  • Watercolor paper
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Marker
  • Black tempera
  • Paintbrush

What You Do:

  1. Help your child to paint the inside of one of her hands, covering the entire palm and all of her fingers. Then, press it onto the watercolor paper from the center pointing outwards. Make sure her fingers are spread apart so she can create those creepy spider legs!
  2. Repeat this process with the other hand, pressing the wrist part of the hand to the wrist part of the first print. Let the spider body dry.
  3. While the spider dries, show her how to draw a spider web. It begins with a star pattern, then wide "U" shapes in concentric circles. Have her draw her own web covering the entire sheet of paper using a marker.
  4. Encourage her to carefully cut out her spider, cutting around each finger. She can get as intricate as she likes, even showing knuckles.
  5. Ask her to glue her cut-out spider onto the web.
  6. Attach googly eyes to the spider to give it a personality. We gave it two, but don't let our example deter you from adding a few more. Some spiders have up to 8 eyes!
  7. Hang the spider in a doorway to scare trick-or-treaters!