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Paper Plate Spider

Paper plate crafts are super easy to do and very versatile. This paper plate spider is a great addition to any Halloween themed classroom. Make a few, hang them at different levels and you’ll have a fun, colorful wall full of spiders!

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Brighten up any wall with these fun and bright paper plate spiders!

Kids will love these cute and bright spiders. Not only are they fun to make, they can be hung up in a window or along a wall for a fun visual. Kids will love painting every square inch of their plate and gluing on the fuzzy and mismatched pipe cleaners to create a bright and creepy masterpiece! 

📚Get inspired: “Diary of a Spider” by Doreen Cronin is a great way to introduce children to spiders and explain why they’re so important to us!

🍽️ Plastic Free: Opt for paper plates over plastic. They’ll hold the paint better and dry faster! 

🔄 Redo, Reuse! This activity can be done for any holiday with many different animals. Think: holiday ornaments, orange pumpkins, a giraffe face, or a friendly lion!


For this activity you will need:

Paper Plates

Bright, Halloween-themed paints (orange, yellow, purple, black etc)



Googly eyes or a black marker

Pipe cleaners

Hole punch

String to hang

Learning Outcomes






Counting in meaningful ways in play


Step 1:

Start by painting your paper plates. Make sure every part of the bottom of the plate is painted and set aside to dry.

Step 2:

Once dry, take your pipe cleaners (8 total) and glue 4 down to each side of the paper plate. This should be done on the top part of the plate. Glue your other paper plate on top and let dry completely.

Step 3:

Next, glue two googly eyes or use a black marker to make eyes near the top of the paper plate.

Step 4:

Take your hole punch and punch a hole through both plates towards the top and thread string through. Hang them up in a sunny window or on a wall!

⬆️ For older preschoolers: Give older children complete autonomy of this activity. They can choose the paint amount, where the eyeballs go, how many legs their spider has etc. They’ll love it!

⬇️ For younger toddlers: They may be a bit impatient and lose interest waiting for the glue and paint to dry. Try using stickers and crayons to decorate the spider body and tape instead of glue to secure the legs to keep their interest.

Playful Questions

How many legs does your spider have?

How many legs do you and I have?

Do you know any other animals that have more than 2 legs?

Have you ever seen a spider before?

Where do spiders live?

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