Create this climbing spider craft with the kids to get ready for Halloween.
- A long piece of string or yarn for each spider (about 3
- Plastic drinking straws cut into 1-inch pieces
- Scotch tape
- Pieces of heavyweight paper or thin cardboard or construction
- Craft eyes (optional)
- Begin by creating your creepy crawler. You can print a picture
of a spider from the Internet (we used the free spider coloring
page image from
bigactivities.com) or simply draw a picture of a spider.
- Either way, carefully cut out the outline of the spider. This
project will work best if the spider looks like it would if you
were standing directly above it. We traced our spider shape onto a
piece of black construction paper and attached two craft eyes to
give our critter some dimension.
- Glue your spider to a piece of heavyweight paper or lightweight
cardboard if you are concerned about the paper ripping while in
- Once you have your spider set to go, flip it over and tape two
straw pieces (each about 1-inch long) in the middle. Next, tape two
pennies to the bottom of your picture. This extra weight will help
your spider "climb" better.
- Thread a long piece of yarn or string through the straws,
creating a loop at the top and leaving the ends hanging down
evenly. Tie a large knot at the bottom of each end of the yarn so
they don't slip back through the straws. The string needs to be
long enough so that it can hang around a doorknob with the ends
touching the ground.
- To make your spider climb, hang it from a doorknob and pull the
strings. Pull the strings from side to side so they make contact
with the inside of the straws and watch your creepy crawler slowly
inch upwards. You can experiment with different techniques for
making your spider climb. When you drop the yarn, your critter will
zoom back down to the bottom, ready for another climb.
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.
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