I wanted to create something with the children along a Halloween theme. I started going through my craft cupboard and spiders just jumped out at me. Not literally you understand, but just everything I pulled out I just felt inspired of how we could make Halloween spiders – or friendly ones at that.
See Halloween spiders can be made through a use of variety of circles, some eyes and some legs. If you want him scary add some fangs too. Everyone knows that spiders have eight legs right? But I am ashamed to say I did not know that they also had eight eyes! Crazy right, I’m 35 years old! But whilst looking for Halloween spiders pins I saw a picture with 8 eyes and discussed it with my very knowledgeable husband, and he set me straight. We decided to stick to 2 eyes in our Halloween spiders creations though, as it just seemed to look better. Actually that is a lie, my husband tried 8 eyes and I didn’t think it looked right.
My sensory seeker does not have a huge attention span so I started off by just letting him paint a load of resources black, at this point I wasn’t even exactly sure what we would do to make the spiders. He painted toilet roll holders, wool, cocktail sticks, paper plates, lollipop sticks – anything I thought would make good Halloween spider crafts.
Halloween Spiders Craft Paper Plates
We simple used the black painted paper plates, and then to create our Halloween spiders we simply added some googly eyes, 8 black wool painted legs, drew on a smile with red crayon, and my son decided that he should have some hair made from string.
Halloween Spiders Toilet Roll Holders
Whilst commenting on various blogs I had come across an octopus toilet roll holder craft on OneMummy, I had originally intended to attach pipe cleaners to a toilet roll holder but when I saw the idea to cut the tube into legs I thought it was ideal (especially as both an octopus and spider have 8 legs!). Again we added googly eyes and drew on a smile. This time it was decided that he would have some purple hair – which was actually from Easter which I had bought to play hide and seek in.
Halloween Spiders Scary Cocktail Sticks
To make our Halloween Spiders a bit scarier we pierced a black painted toilet roll holder with black painted cocktail sticks. This was actually quite a bit more tricky that I had anticipated, and the sticks either broke or could have been potential harmful to my son, so I helped him push them through. Again we also just added some googly eyes.
Halloween Spiders Puppet
My son actually then played with the Halloween spiders and put two together on his arm and made a puppet. I think he could even get away with wearing them as a Halloween Spider outfit.
Halloween Spiders – Money Spider
A slightly easier to do (less preparation) Halloween spider activity we did was to make one from chocolate coins. I like to buy bits and pieces for Christmas so that it isn’t just one big expense in December; so whilst browsing down the Christmas aisle I spotted the foil wrapped chocolate coins and thought – ah more circles! We simply added (yes you guessed it) googly eyes, and we had some bits of shiny foil (from last Christmas present wrapping) which I cut into small pieces long enough for legs, and taped them on.
If you are having a party and use any of our Halloween Spiders ideas I’d love to hear about it and see some pictures. Or have you been making any spiders yourself?
Posts of interest from The Sensory Seeker:
- Sensory Processing Disorder – the benefits of Halloween
- Ghost Crafts
- Scooby-Doo Halloween Party
- LEGOLAND Windsor Halloween