Spider Play Dough

One of the most popular activities during our spider theme was this spider play dough invitation to create. We combined the black play dough from our skeleton activity with some loose parts, and the kids spent a lot of time coming up with spider creations. This invitation will be staying out for another few weeks.

Spider Activities for Kids-Create Play Dough Spiders


  • black play dough
  • plastic spider rings
  • decorative straws cut into smaller pieces (Ours are from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • googly eyes
  • orange and black chenille stems (pipe cleaners) cut into 3 inch pieces

Halloween Play Dough

The toddlers here enjoyed poking all of the bits into the play dough…over and over again!

Toddler Halloween Activity~Play Dough

Lovey liked the spiderlings the best. She remembered from the nonfiction books that we read that mommy spiders carry their babies on their backs, so she spent a lot of time making sure her little spiderlings were well taken care of.

Play Dough Spiders

Spiders likes these ones could be found on our craft table almost daily over the past few weeks.

Spider Play Dough Invitation to Play

Looking for a little more spider play dough inspiration?

I love the DIY eyeballs Teach Preschool used in their play dough spider activity.

Love sparkle? Check out this sparkly spider web play dough from Twodaloo.

The Imagination Tree created play dough spiders to go along with the Itsy Bitsy Spider.


And Don’t Forget to Read Some Great Books About Spiders, Too!

Books About Spiders

16 Fiction and Nonfiction Books About Spiders. Click through to see the full list with book summaries and activity suggestions

A Full Week of Spider Lesson Plans


Home Preschool Spider Theme Lesson Plans (in our shop or on TpT)

Preschool Classroom Spider Theme Lesson Plans (in our shop or on TpT)

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  1. Just wondering… do the kids keep these creations or are they temporary? Just thinking, I have 40 students and that would be a LOT of black play dough if they kept them. Thanks for the wonderful idea!!

    • Great question! Nope, they don’t keep them. They create, play, and then clean up before moving on to another activity. I do like to have the invitation out for at least a week so they have a chance to interact with the materials a few times. And if you want to preserve any of those creations you could always take a picture of them before clean up time.

  2. I just love this too much! How adorable and creative! I can’t wait to do this with my little one 🙂

  3. Loved this idea

    Take care, Georgia

  4. Those are some crazy spiders! Featured them on Mom’s Library this week!

  5. That invitation makes me want to sit down and make one myself. My kids would love it! Thanks for linking up 🙂

  6. Love the spiders! I’ll be featuring this on The Sunday Showcase this weekend. Thanks for linking up!

  7. We are so on a spider kick around here! I can’t wait to let the boys go crazy with this!

  8. Cool Mom (Christine M.) Tech Support for Stanley & Katrina says:

    Love, love, love this! What a fun and creative idea. Stopping by on the Home & School Afterschool linky. New follower via twitter. Thank you for sharing and have a great week ahead.

  9. What a fun idea for the kids. My three boys would love this especially since it’s a spider. I would love to post this on my Facebook page!

    • Thank you! I hope you get a chance to try this with your boys. You can always find our posts on our Facebook page and share them from there. I just popped over to visit your blog, and it looks terrific. I’ll be looking forward to seeing more of your posts.

  10. Love this! You know it would go over well at my house 😉

  11. That looks a lot of fun and a great way to celebrate Halloween

  12. I always look forward to what you have in your circular organizers as an invitation to play!! This one looks so awesome fun. How sweet that the babies are riding on their mommy’s backs.

  13. These are such cute spiders! Sammy and I will have to whip up a batch of black playdough just to play this after rest time!

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