Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Spider Marble Art Craft

So I was subbing in a preschool classroom last week and the little ones made the cutest spider craft at one of their centers! I wanted to incorporate this with my kiddos at my after-school program, and also I added more stuff to the craft.  The kids loved using the marble paint technique to make the spider webs!

This is what the finished product should look like:

  • Black construction paper
  • White Cardstock paper
  • White and/or color crayons
  • Black and Grey paint
  • A cup
  • A cardboard box top
  • Marbles (about 10)
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Elmer's glue

First take the black construction paper (sorry the above picture is 'white', I ran out of black paper...) and fold it in half.  On one side of the paper draw the spider's body (I did this for all my kiddos ahead of time).  Then cut the paper in half along the folded line.  Decorate the spider's body with crayons, add the goggly eyes, and cut the body out.

With the other half "black paper" fold it hamburger style like a fan.   

Next have students cut the fan into 8 strips for the spider's legs.  If your students are in the younger grades, have them draw 7 lines with a pencil before they start cutting.  Then glue on the legs to the spider's body.

Now here's the fun part!! I had 8 kids doing this craft and only one box.  The kids took turns doing the spider web part so while the kids were waiting, I had them do another worksheet about costumes.  You can download this freebie here!  I believe I got this worksheet from my student teacher last spring.  Sorry if the quality isn't that great! 

In the cup add all the marbles, a couple drops of paint, and shake it until all the marbles are covered in paint. Then drop the marbles into the box.  Have the students shake the box until their paper is completed covered.  

The paint dries quickly in a couple of minutes.  So the students can glue their spider onto their cool looking spider webs!  This was a quick an easy spider craft perfect right before halloween or during a bug study!