For some people, there’s nothing creepier than a web full of spiders. I’m very much in the camp of “burn the house to the ground” so it’s a seasonally appropriate craft in these parts haha. Jasper actually loves looking at spiderwebs so I knew he’d really enjoy painting his own even though the ick factor wasn’t there for him. This is also a really fun ACTIVE painting project that incorporates process over product (even though the product is creepy cute!)
Craft/Activity/Snack: Spiderweb Painting
Objective: Shake, shake, shake your way to a unique spiderweb painting just in time for Halloween
Skills Utilized: gross motor skills
Materials: dark colored construction paper, white paint, spider cut outs (I used a discontinued EK success spider paper punch – this is a similar one), a large marble or bouncy ball, shoe box (one that will fit a full piece of construction paper), and glue
Dab some white paint on the paper and place it at the bottom of a cardboard box.
Close the box and let your little shake, wiggle, and rock the box from side to side. (Finally, this project gave purpose to one of the many Amazon boxes we have delivered daily :-p) We’ve had plenty of rain lately so Jazz really took advantage of this part of the project and jumped around gleefully.
We were eager to peek inside to see what his web would look like and were not disappointed.
Now, you could stop here and let this simply be a process over product piece or you can ‘make sense’ of the random pattern and add little spiders. While I used a paper punch, you could cut spiders out of paper, use spider stickers, stamp spiders, create fingerprint spiders, or simply draw one.
One or two spiders weren’t enough and Jasper decided to add a whole family to his creepy crawly masterpiece.
Want some other SPIDER projects for a complete spider theme? How about these:
- Make several paintings and label each with a different number. Use that number to determine how many spiders should be added
- Venture outside to search for and observe a spider web
- Have a focus on the number 8, after all spiders have eight eyes and eight legs
- Use white crayon on black paper to draw your own spider webs