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Halloween Spiders

ages 4-6


Pipe cleaners, fairly large, black four-hole buttons, stick-on googly eyes, synthetic spider web, double-sided tape

Activity Detail

1. Bend a black pipe cleaner into a V shape. Push the base of the V up through one of the button's buttonholes until it protrudes 1/2 inch. Then, bend the 1/2-inch length over the top of the button. Use the same method to thread the three other pipe cleaners through the remaining buttonholes. 2. Next, shape the legs (there should be eight, of course!) by bending the pipe cleaner ends first 1 inch from the button and then again 1/4 inch from the tips. Stick the googly eyes onto the button between the front legs. 3. To create a web, the easiest option is to use a synthetic stretching spider web (sold at most novelty shops for under $2). If you can't find one, use a thin sheet of cotton batting. Stretch the web across a doorway, using pieces of double-sided tape to anchor the sides to the door frame. Then, set your spiders in the web wherever you like -- their legs will stick easily to the fibers.


Frisco said:

This is a good time to talk about insects that have 8 legs, etc.

- Posted on Sep 30, 2007

elizabet-k said:

I am definately going to do this activity with our playgroup since it is a no mess craft!

- Posted on Sep 30, 2007

Andrea said:

This might seem like a lot of work, but the pay off is great!

- Posted on Oct 3, 2007

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