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…
And create they did…
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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.)
Tinker was the first to try the spider with the rubber band. She had him jump, jump, jumping all over the paper.
Lovey was more focused on stamping so that she could see the full spider imprint.
Soon she realized the rubber band could come off and be used as another painting tool itself.
She started making spider webs using the rubber band.
At one point you could see a lot of different spiders. It looked really neat.
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!)
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.
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Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
Learn some facts about real spiders and use toy spiders to learn math, literacy and science concepts in this full lesson plan pack for preschool. Watch this short video to see just a few examples of the types of activities and printables included in this set:
The full 31-page Spider Theme Lesson Plan Pack also includes:
- My Spider Emergent Reader
- Spider Babies Fine Motor Activity Mat
- Spider Patterning Task Cards
- Spider Roll and Add Counting Game
- Spider Letter Building Mat
- Itsy Bitsy Spider Story Sequencing Pieces
- Spider Calendar (or general number) Cards
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