10 Adorably Creepy Spider Crafts for Preschoolers

| Last Updated: August 3, 2022

Some kids are fascinated with spiders. For others, the mere sight of this eight-legged arachnid sends them running. Whether your little one belongs to the former or the latter, these crafts are sure to appeal to them and excite their curiosity about spiders.

From the simplest paper spider to the fanciest spider web craft, there’s certainly one or two on our list to suit you and your child’s needs. So read on and get those little hands ready for fine motor fun!

Great Spider Crafts for Preschoolers

Creativity | Fine Motor | Following Directions

1. Write with Me, Spidey

Whether you’re up for a quick and easy fall or Halloween craft or want something to entice your spider loving kids to write or doodle more, this cute spider pencil topper is for you to try! This is pretty much straightforward and no special materials are needed beyond crafts basics. All you need is:

  • Pencils
  • Washi tape
  • Small styrofoam balls
  • Black paint
  • Pipe cleaners/chenille Stems
  • Googly eyes
  • Quick dry tacky glue

Start by covering the entire pencil with your choice of washy tape to make it a bit colorful. Paint the styrofoam black, and once completely dry, attach the googly eyes and eight smaller pieces of bent chenille stems or pipe cleaners for fuzzy legs. Insert the pencil into the bottom of the spider, and you’re done! See? “Easy peasy!” just as said by its creator from HappinessIsHomemade. Check them out for more preschool craft inspiration.

Creativity | Fine Motor | Organizational Skills

2. Desk Tidy Spider

Here’s another easy-to-make spider theme craft that can double as a desk accessory for kids who like these little eight-legged critters. Apart from tin cans that you’re probably thinking of throwing away, you only need these materials:

  • Black acrylic paint
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Glue sticks
  • Googly eyes
  • White acrylic paint marker
  • Tissue Paper

To make this adorably useful craft, paint the tin can with black acrylic first. Your tin can be of any size and shape, but make sure it has safe edges. Once dry, cut eight black pipe cleaners to the length you like for spider legs and glue them inside the tin body. Finish it off by gluing on the googly eyes and drawing on a mouth using your white marker. You can line the inside too, with colorful tissue paper.

KidsCraftRoom suggests using this tin can spider craft as a Halloween candy holder but you can definitely reuse this as a desk organizer after trick-or-treating!

Social | Fine Motor | Creativity

3. Spider Lollipop Treats

If you want to be the trick-or-treaters’ instant favorite this Halloween, the creative moms from ThrivingHomeBlog can help you with their fun idea on how to turn an ordinary lollipop into a hit treat using only these basic materials we bet you already have in your craft bin:

  • Lollipops
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors

Simply cut the pipe cleaners in half, wrap them around the lollipop stick REALLY tight so you won’t have to glue them anymore, and then attach the googly eyes. It’s so easy that you can definitely make a big batch for an entire class in less than half an hour or have the kids do it themselves at a class Halloween party.

Creativity | Fine Motor | Coordination

4. DIY Fancy Spider Mask

Why buy when you can DIY? Spend some more crafts time with your kids creating this easy and inexpensive spider mask that is perfect for their upcoming Halloween party or even just for fun.

For this DIY spider mask, you only need the following:

  • Black acrylic paint and brushes
  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Gemstones
  • Black pipe cleaners

With the template provided for free by HappyToddlerPlaytime, all you have to do to prep your spider mask is conveniently print the template, trace it on a paper plate, cut it, and paint it black. Once the paint is dry, glue down various size googly eyes and attach four pipe cleaners to each side of the mask to make spider legs. Let those little hands be creative and finish this off with black or different color gemstones. Not only is this a dollar-saving craft, but this makes a wonderful fine motor activity as well.

Creativity | Fine Motor | Coordination

5. Squishy Yarn Spiders

Too squishy to be creepy! If your kids are too scared of any spider theme craft, maybe this irresistible little crawly will help win them around. These yarn spiders from HelloWonderful are so easy to do that once you get the hang of it, it will only take you minutes to finish a cluster enough to make a garland perfect for decorating a classroom or your house for Halloween.

To get started, gather around the following materials first: 

  • Various size styrofoam balls
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Different color yarns
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun
  • Chopstick or anything slightly round and skinny to poke the balls

Wrap yarn around the styrofoam ball and secure it with a bit of hot glue. Pierce a hole on each side of your yarn ball and insert four pipe cleaner spider legs per hole. Glue on the googly eyes and you can finally stare lovingly at your sweet, colorful yarn spiders.

Creativity | Fine Motor | Visual Motor

6. Finger-Like Spider in Plate Web

Who doesn’t love crafting keepsakes? Turn those little fingers into creepy-crawly legs in this handprint spider in paper plate web craft. Simple and straightforward, this is fantastic for kids who like doing things on their own. With just the following materials, they can put together this precious craft in just minutes:

  • Paper plate
  • Construction paper
  • Craft paint (color of your choice)
  • Yarn
  • Hole puncher
  • Googly eyes (optional)

Have kids press down one painted hand (minus the thumb!) onto the paper, then do the same to the other hand, overlapping on the palm area. Once dry, glue on the googly eyes or draw them on, then cut around your spider. As for its web, all you have to do is cut out the center of the plate, paint it, and punch some holes in the outer part randomly. After that, kids can thread through the holes with yarn to create their own spider web while working on their hand-eye coordination.

For tips on making the best out of this craft, click over to MommyGoneTropical!

Creativity | Fine Motor | Social

7. Upside-Down Foam Cup Spider

If you have styrofoam cups ready to take a trip to the trash bin, don’t throw them out just yet! Give those once useful cup a second life with this adorably fun Halloween craft idea. Nothing complicated goes on these foam cup spiders and all the materials you need are likely already in your crafts bin but in case you need to stock up, here’s a handy items list:

  • Foam cups
  • Craft paint
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue stick
  • Black marker

Since this is extremely easy to put together and kids can definitely do this themselves in three simple steps – paint, let dry, and attach or draw spider parts – it makes a perfect preschool Halloween party activity in the classroom or at home. For detailed instructions and some useful tips from the creative behind this idea, visit NaturalBeachLiving.

Social | Fine Motor | Creativity

8. Itsy Bitsy Spider Craft

Looking for something to engage your kids or students on their upcoming nursery rhyme activities or spider unit study? Look no further than this movable spider craft that is sure to be a hit with toddlers and preschoolers.

While the idea seems complicated, the reality is that everything you need to create this is the basic and usual set of craft supplies you always have on hand. The creatives at EasyPeasyAndFun have direct instructions with photos for each step, and even tips for using the “mechanism” of this craft for other creatures your little one might want to make for the fall season such as owls and ghosts.

If you want to give this a try, go ahead and gather the following materials:

  • Black construction paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Paper drinking straw
  • Duct tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or other string
Social | Fine Motor | Patience

9. Stick and Pom Pom Spider Craft

No list of best kid’s crafts would be complete without a popsicle stick craft or a pom pom craft! LittleBinsLittleHands have this idea of joining these two materials together to create a cute and colorful cluster of spiders that preschoolers will definitely love.

To get started, here’s all that you need to prepare:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Acrylic paint
  • Large black pom poms
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Paintbrush

Because this craft is simple and a perfect size for little hands, kids could do it themselves at home or in a classroom. If you’re doing this with a whole class, hand each student one pom pom and four popsicle sticks per spider. Have them coat the sticks with their desired color and let it dry. Once ready, show them how to criss-cross the sticks as they glue them on top of each other to make the spider legs. Glue the pom pom on top, add googly eyes, and there they have a cute little crawly they can take home and use as a Halloween decor.

Creativity | Fine Motor | Color Recognition

10. Spider and Web Match Up

Fine motor practice slash color recognition exercise for Halloween party, anyone? StillPlayingSchool has something clever for you to try! This glow in the dark spider web craft requires a not so cheap and easy to find at any store blacklight but it will certainly be worth it for kids who love things that glow. Although alternatively, you can still make and use these for a color matching activity without the blacklight.

If you’re up for it, here’s everything that you need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Hot glue
  • Rubber bands
  • Blacklight (optional)
  • Different color spider toy rings

To form the spider web, criss-cross and hot glue four popsicle sticks together. Have your kids help with stretching rubber bands down over the sticks, working around in a circle. Once complete, put the webs and spider rings under the blacklight to glow. From there, kids can concentrate on matching the color of the spider to the web.

Conclusion 

A fear of spiders is normal in children. But these creatures are all around, hence, they are important and amazing topics for children to learn as early as preschool age. The spider craft ideas featured on our list are not only great as fall and Halloween activities for preschool but also a way to get kids interested and engaged in learning about spiders.

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