Paint with Spiders

If you follow this blog, you know we love to explore painting with many different kinds of materials. Paintbrushes are great, but sometimes we just like to try something new. Some of our favorites have been painting with rocks, pine needles, pom poms, tea bags, vegetables, and corn kernels, to name a few.

While watching the girls play with the spiders in our collection of Halloween materials, I thought why not see what kind of painting we could create with spiders. So one morning I set up this invitation to create…

Invitation to Create-Spider Painting

And create they did…

Spider Paint

The full invitation included:

  • Large piece of paper (Ours was taped to the top of our craft table outside.)
  • Assorted colors of paint
  • Small plastic ring spiders (Ours are from Walmart and they are more sturdy than traditional spider rings. You will want rings that basically lay flat when you press them down in order to get the full spider print.)
  • Larger spiders (I tied a rubber band to a couple of them to see how the girls might use them to paint.)

Preschool Halloween Activity-Painting with Spiders

 Tinker was the first to try the spider with the rubber band. She had him jump, jump, jumping all over the paper.

Spring Painting with Spiders

 Lovey was more focused on stamping so that she could see the full spider imprint.

Stamp with Plastic Spiders

Soon she realized the rubber band could come off and be used as another painting tool itself.

Painting with Plastic Spiders

She started making spider webs using the rubber band.

Rubber Band Spider Webs

At one point you could see a lot of different spiders. It looked really neat.

Painting with Spiders

 But soon the girls decided they might add their own personal touch and decided to explore painting with their fingers (to create bigger spiderwebs, mom!)

Messy Hands

From there the activity got a bit messy, but you can tell by the joy in this little face that it was well worth it. And it led to a very fun soapy bubble soup clean up party after we were finished.

Messy Play for Toddlers

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Books About Spiders

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  1. What cool spider prints! Featured you this week on Mom’s Library!

  2. I love this activity – as we’re fascinated by spiders at the moment this would be perfect to try with my kids. Thank you so much for linking up to Tuesday Tots and just popping by to let you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.

  3. Fun! I keep seeing all these great ideas of things to paint with besides paint brushes…. We may need to try this one since we have so many little plastic rings right now!

  4. Looks like a lot of fun – love your invitations to play. Thanks for linking up at After School!

  5. This is seriously one of the coolest things ever.

  6. What a creative idea! My boys would love this. I would like to get a bit more creative in the painting realm – we are pretty much fingers or brush painters so far! Thanks for the inspiration

  7. Oh, I love this! It came out awesome. I think we will do it this week.

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