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These adorable arachnids will make the perfect Halloween decorations for your classroom!
This activity is appropriate for:
preschool - 3rd grade / 3 - 8 years
You will need:
- Set up a painting station or table with space for four or five students to work on this project with adult supervision. (You may want to ask a few parent volunteers to help with this activity.)
- Photocopy the Spider Song for each student.
- Invite four or five students at a time to come to the painting table. Write each student’s name on the center of a paper plate and set the plate upside down in front of the student.
- Help students cover one of their palms and four fingers with black paint. Remind them to avoid painting their thumbs. (Parent volunteers can help with steps 2, 3 and 4.)
- Have students make a black handprint on the plate, placing the bottom of their painted palm at the center of the plate with fingers pointed toward the outside edge.
- Instruct students to apply a new coat of paint to the same hand. Help students turn the plate 180 degrees and make a second handprint in the opposite direction. (The two palm prints will slightly overlap to create the spider’s body, and the eight fingerprints will be its legs!)
- Set the plates aside and allow the paint to dry.
- Return the dry plates to each student. Then have students cut out their spider prints. (Younger students may need assistance.)
- Encourage students to glue a pair of Wiggly Eyes onto their spiders.
- Cut a piece of string or yarn (6–9 inches long) for each student. Have students tape the string to the back of the spider for hanging.
- Teach students the “Spooky, Spooky Spider” song and give them a copy of the song to glue onto the back of the spiders.
- Hang the spiders from the ceiling of your classroom for some spooky fall fun!