Children love anything that they put together, color, or pretty much just pick up and touch with their hands. And on days were the weather might be too cold, or too sticky or to rainy to engage them in outdoor play, could be the best time to get them interested in some fun crafts. This craft of creating a Halloween spider really only revolves paper plates and some fuzzy wire sticks, a hot glue gun and other sorts of embellishments that are sure to get your children not only in the mood for Halloween, but occupied on lazy days where the possibility of becoming stir crazy is high. Here is a step by step guide for you and your children to create their very own paper plate spider, which can later be posted on the wall or fridge.
To begin, you will first need to gather the ingredients necessary in order to assemble your paper plate spider. You will need a plain white paper plate (preferably the paper kind and not the Styrofoam), some goggle eyes to glue on to your spider’s face, sticks of fuzzy wire for the legs, and black paint if you choose to paint your spider black (but they can be any color you choose really). Lastly you will need a hot glue gun, but Elmer’s liquid glue will work just as well of you would rather use that type of product.
First, take your paper plate and if you have decided to paint it, then proceed to paint one side (the bottom side of the plate not used for eating). After that side of the plate is painted and has dried, you can begin adding your embellishments. Give your spider a face by adding on your goggle eyes, and maybe even give your spider a mouth if you would like, a nose or a necklace, a bowtie even to the plate you painted (the spiders face). It really all depends on how creative you are looking to get and what sort of embellishments you find around your home or out at a store.
After you have given your spider a face that you are happy with, you can then begin to add the fuzzy wire sticks as legs. Spiders typically have four legs on each side of their body. If you choose more or less, that is perfectly acceptable, the choice is yours. Once your spider’s legs have had time to dry on the spider’s body, you can then find the perfect place to keep your spider for all house members and guests to see.
The great thing about this craft project is that you really don’t have to wait for Halloween to create it. Of course you can change the look of your spider so that it is just for Halloween, but it doesn’t have to be, and it can be a craft you and your children can enjoy throughout the whole year. Also, you don’t have to glue on eyes and a mouth, but have you or your children draw their own version of what they want their spider’s face to look like. This gives them a sense of creating something that is uniquely only their creation and cannot be purchased in a store.