Doing projects together are one of the primary orders of business when I visit Bubby and Mac, as I did this past weekend. I like to have most of the items with me in my Grandma Bag, so I set out last week to accumulate ideas and came across this spider craft on Pinterest.
After tweaking just a tad, it turned out as easy and inexpensive as could be. Plus, our simple spooky spiders had just the right amount of creep factor to make it festive fun for four-year-old Bubby.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Rock bodies — one per spider, about silver-dollar size
Long pipe cleaners/chenille stems — four per spider
Black marker/Sharpie for drawing mouths, if desired (Bubby desired)
Hot glue gun and glue, for use by adult only
WHAT YOU DO:
1. Glue desired number of eyes on spider bodies, using craft glue.
2. Line up four pipe cleaners per spider...
...then twist together a few times in the center to connect them.
3. Give twisted legs and rock bodies to an adult (preferably a grandma) to attach legs with hot glue on bottom center of rock body, glopping the glue at the spot legs are twisted together. Let dry a few minutes before next step, to ensure legs are good and stuck and glue is no longer hot.
4. Use black marker to draw spooky—or smiley—spider mouths on each spider, if desired.
5. Bend each spider leg into creepy crawly position.
6. Sit back and appreciate your handiwork.
Mac, at 16 months, didn't care much about creating his own spider, which was fine with me as I'm pretty sure there'd be more wiggly eyes in his mouth than on the spider. He did, though, get quite a kick—and harmless scare or two—out of the completed spiders Bubby placed among his "collection of scary things" on the living room window sill.
Simple. Spooky. Success.
One of my favorite Halloween projects to do with kids is _________. (Links are welcome!)