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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:


  1. 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.)
  2. Photocopy the Spider Song for each student.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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!)
  5. Set the plates aside and allow the paint to dry.
  6. Return the dry plates to each student. Then have students cut out their spider prints. (Younger students may need assistance.)
  7. Encourage students to glue a pair of Wiggly Eyes onto their spiders.
  8. 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.
  9. Teach students the “Spooky, Spooky Spider” song and give them a copy of the song to glue onto the back of the spiders.
  10. Hang the spiders from the ceiling of your classroom for some spooky fall fun!

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March Holidays
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Leprechaun Hunt
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Rainbow “Pot of Gold”
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
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Father’s Day
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September Holidays
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October Holidays
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Handprint Bat Hats
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Turkey Plate
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Native American Rattles
Colorful Napkin Rings
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Turkey Place Card Holders
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Holiday Treats Gift Bag
Holiday Scrapbook
Gingerbread Man Notepads
Holiday Card
Decorative Gift Tags
Holiday Card Stand
Holiday Candle Holder
Holiday Snack Sticks
Celebration Candle
Candy Cane Ornament

January Holidays
“I Have a Dream” Quilt
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New Year’s Hat
New Year’s Rocket
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