Your child can spin his own web this Halloween season, while practicing the basics of sewing. This fiber arts project is a great way to practice combining different materials to create an interesting work of decorative art. Have him start spinning his web and soon enough he'll be ready for Halloween, armed with a very creepy, crawly spider!
What You Need:
- Paper plate
- Tempera paint
- Hole punch
- String, or yarn (24 inches long)
- Googly eyes
What You Do:
- Ask your child to paint the front of a paper plate a single, solid color. We made orange from mixing yellow with a little bit of black. Let the plate dry completely.
- Help your child use the hole punch to make holes all the way around the circumference of the plate. You can ask him to measure out the holes, which should be 2–3 finger-widths apart from one another.
- Have him paint one of his hands from the top half of the palm to the fingertips of 4 his fingers (no thumb!), and press down on left side of the plate. His wrist should be in the center of the plate, with the four painted fingers pointing to its edge.
- Help him repeat this process with his other hand, facing the opposite way to finish creating the body of his spider, ulitmately giving it 8 legs made from 8 fingers. Allow the spider to a little time to dry.
- Now, encourage your kid to glue googly eyes on his spider.
- Pull one end of the string through the front of the plate and tape it to the back of the plate. Ask him if he's ever seen a spider web. Did he notice how the web creates a pattern for the spider to walk across?
- Ask him to weave his web however he likes by gently pulling the string, or yarn, across the front of the plate and weaving it into the hole directly opposite of it. Then, have him push the string from behind the plate into a new hole to repeat the process.
- Continue stitching the web until all holes are filled. Tape the final end of the string to the back of the plate, or use it to hang the plate up on a wall to scare people on Halloween!