Spider Craft for Toddlers

This spider craft is the perfect activity for toddlers and young children – either at Halloween or when learning about bugs and insects. And it’s great fine motor practice, too!

Spider Craft for Toddlers - perfect for Halloween! With video tutorial.

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To make this spider craft you’ll need:

  • 3″ Styrofoam balls *
  • Black paint and paint brush
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Wire cutters
  • Googly eyes and glue
  • (Optional) Pin and elastic for hanging

* I tried two types of ball: the softer type with a rough surface, and the harder type with a smooth surface.

Spider Craft for Toddlers

In advance of starting this craft with F, I painted the balls with black paint.  The hard styrofoam ball was much easier to paint!

Spider Craft for Toddlers

When they had dried, I made a spider by pushing halved pipe cleaners into the balls. This was MUCH easier to do with softer balls. However I used a wooden pick to make a hole in the harder balls before inserting the pipe cleaners, and this worked fine.

Spider Craft for Toddlers

I showed them to F who loved them but was very happy to start making his own! He carefully pushed in the pipe cleaners and we counted them to make sure each spider had eight legs. He really had to work on co-ordination and finger strength to push those pipe cleaners in! Then we glued on the googly eyes together.


Spider Craft for Toddlers

I thought we had finished but he grabbed some green pipe cleaners and started poking them in the top of the spider. I cut the pipe cleaners shorter with wire cutters then curled them, and we called it hair. SUCH a cute spider!

Spider Craft for Toddlers

My mother (who was visiting) joined in too and made this awesome long-legged spider. She secured some thin elastic to the top (she used a pin) so that it could be hung up.

Spider Craft for Toddlers

To see this spider craft in action, please see my VIDEO!

This post was originally published as part of 6 Super Easy Halloween Crafts for Toddlers. Check out the other 5!

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