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Monday, October 26, 2009

Egg Carton Spiders

This is a fun little activity to do with your child around Halloween.

AGE RANGE

I got this idea from Preschooler's Busy Book. The book is written for ages 3-6. I did this with my 4 year old and 2.5 year old, so I know it can be done with a 2.5 year old. I would say if your child enjoys painting or coloring, she will enjoy this activity.

SKILLS DEVELOPED
  • Science (if you talk about spiders)
  • Art
  • Fine motor skills
SUPPLIES
  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paint, markers, or crayons
  • Construction paper for eyes (or a marker)
  • Glue (if you used construction paper)
  • Thread or yarn (optional)
PREP
  • Cut out the cup sections of the egg carton
  • Get out supplies
  • If you are painting and you are like me, prep the area (art smock/T-shirt/down to underwear and a vinyl tablecloth)
ACTIVITY
  • Have your child color/paint the egg cup
  • After the egg cup dries, insert pipe cleaner into the cup to be legs. I poked holes in the cup so the kids could insert it themselves and work on their fine motor skills
  • Bend the pipe cleaner so it looks like legs
  • Draw eyes or attach eyes out of construction paper
  • Optional: attach string to the top so you can hang it somewhere
PHOTOS





This is kind of cheesy and they don't look a lot like spiders...but it is a fun thing to do.

1 comment:

Kristy Shreve Powers said...

We did this one from the Preschooler's Busy Book, too. The paint I chose did not make much of a mark on the plastic-y egg carton. Oops. They were a watery grayish yellow. Other than that, they did the job and when hanging from threads on our front door, got some attention from the trick-or-treaters. :)

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