Create creepy, crawly spiders using leftover toilet paper rolls!
Kids will love painting and decorating their spiders. The best part of the activity is that they don’t need to stay in the lines! The one “rule” is to paint the entire toilet paper cut out. Once it’s dry, the children can put googly eyes anywhere they want. It doesn’t matter if their spider has one eye or four, it’ll be creepy no matter what!
🧷Pin it up: Working in larger groups with children? Pin up the body of the spider for each child to a sturdy surface to help them paint the entire body without frustration. Teachers only have 2 hands and this hack helps children with their independence!
👍 Toddler-Approved: This activity may be tricky for younger children; instead of having the young children paint the body of the spider, have them use the spider as a stamp on blank paper! Dip it in black paint and stamp it on a new piece of paper. Add some googly eyes once dry!
📐 Measure up! This is a great opportunity to introduce length to a young child. You can use a ruler or finger as a unit of measure when cutting out the spider legs.
For this activity you will need:
Toilet paper rolls
Measuring to determine relationships such as comparisons of length, weight, and capacity.
Start by cutting out the shape of your spider. Hold the toilet paper roll horizontal and cut 3 inches into the roll to form the “body” of the spider.
Next, cut out the legs, 4 on each side of the roll. Each leg should be about ¼ inch thick and at least 1 inch long.
Cut off the excess of the roll between the legs and body so it lays flush when you press down.
Paint the entire roll black and let it dry.
Once dry, glue on the googly eyes. Add one, two, three or four. It’ll be creepy no matter how many you add!
⬆️ For older preschoolers: This is a great opportunity to practice scissor skills. By allowing the older preschoolers autonomy to make their spider’s legs they can decide how long and thick they want them to be.
⬇️ For younger toddlers: Younger children may have a hard time getting into the nooks of the spider with one hand. Hold it for them and turn the body of the spider to allow them to see all the blank space they should paint.
How many legs does your spider have?
How did you make sure all of your legs on your spider were the same length?
How many eyes do spiders have?
Why do you think a spider has 8 legs?
What was the trickiest part of painting your spider?