Make Halloween fun with this easy popsicle stick spider craft for kids. It’s a simple craft that can be done at home or in the classroom and kids love making them. These are the perfect size for little hands too! This easy spider craft would work just as well for preschoolers and kindergarteners, as it would for older elementary students. We love easy and do-able Halloween activities!
HOW TO MAKE A SPIDER OUT OF POPSICLE STICKS
HALLOWEEN CRAFTS FOR KIDS
Your kiddos will love making these super cute Halloween spider crafts! Each one turns out differently, and they’re so much fun! Who doesn’t love a popsicle stick craft, or a pom-pom craft?! Our kids always love creating with those two things, so we always have them on hand.
This easy spider craft is perfect to do with a few children, or a whole classroom full! There’s very little prep, and if they can hold a paintbrush and a bottle of school glue, they can manage without much help from you!
TIPS FOR MAKING THIS EASY SPIDER CRAFT FOR KIDS
- Messy. This craft does include painting, so be sure students are wearing a paint shirt or apron!
- Drying. Some little ones can be really excited about using the glue on this craft, and too much glue will mean drying time may take a bit longer.
- Pom-Poms. Don’t use small pom-poms for this craft, because they just won’t work. Big, puffy pom-poms work best. There’s even a glitter variety in this size some students may like too.
- Education. We used this as an opportunity to learn about spiders while students were engaged and already thinking about them. Do this as a stand-alone Halloween craft, or make it part of your unit study!
POPSICLE STICK SPIDER CRAFT
- Popsicle Sticks
- Paint (we used acrylic paint)
- Large Black Pom-Poms
- School Glue
- Googly Eyes
STEP 1: If you are doing this with a group of kids, set out the supplies for each popsicle stick spider as shown below.
Each child will need one pom-pom, four popsicle sticks, a paintbrush, paint of their choice, two googly eyes, and school glue.
MESS FREE TIP: To make this project as easy, and mess-free as possible, we suggest giving each child a paper plate to create on. If using in a classroom, have students write their names on their paper plates to help keep these popsicle stick spider projects separate.
STEP 2. Paint the popsicle sticks with a thin coat of paint. Thick globs of paint will take a long time to dry, so be sure to provide support to children who may need help getting an even coat.
We used acrylic paint. It’s cheap and washes off little hands easily and comes in a ton of different colors. Bright Halloween colors work well with this spider craft and contrast well with the black pom pom spider body. Lime green, neon pink, bright orange, and bright purple are all great Halloween colors to use.
Let the painted popsicle sticks dry for 5-10 minutes before moving on to the next step. You could read a fun Halloween book to the class while you wait. The kids will love it!
STEP 3. Once your paint is dry glue the popsicle sticks together to make your spider’s legs. A small dot of glue goes a long way, so make sure little ones know not to over-do it. Criss-cross the sticks just a bit as you glue them on top of each other as shown below.
When all the popsicle sticks have been glued on top of each other, they should look something like this. Let them dry for a few minutes before moving on to the next step.
STEP 4. Use a large dot of glue on the pom-pom and then press it gently on top of the popsicle stick spider legs.
You don’t need to wait for the glue to dry before you move to the next step, as long as little hands aren’t rough with their pom pom spider!
STEP 5. Use a small dot of glue on the back of the googly eyes and attach them to your little Halloween spider craft. Each spider will look a little different based on eye spacing, color of the legs, and shape of the pom-pom itself. Have students set their paper plates on a flat surface somewhere to dry for at least thirty minutes before handling.
When your popsicle stick spider craft is finished, this is what they will look like! Aren’t they so cute? Our kids had a blast making these fun little crafts. It was so much fun watching them all play with their little spiders together once they were dry!
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