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Spider Handprint Craft - Fantastic for the Spooky Season - 7 Days of Play

Spider Handprint Craft – Fantastic for the Spooky Season

spider handprint craft

This spider handprint craft is such a fun keepsake for the insect lover or as a spooky art project for Halloween! The materials are simple and the multi-step process keeps kids engaged. Keep on reading for all the details on how you can make this too!

Spider Handprint Art Collides with Fine Motor Skills!

If creating a spider handprint wasn’t cool enough, this activity goes the extra mile and allows kids to strengthen their fine motor skills in more ways than one! 

Creating the spider web gives them the chance to use a hole punch and squeeze it to make a bunch of holes around the perimeter of the plate. This is a tricky task that will be sure to exercise those hands and fingers. Plus, threading the yarn through those holes is amazing for hand-eye coordination. It may look easy, but it will be challenging, yet rewarding hard work!

 

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Watch How to Make This Spider Handprint Craft!

In this video you’ll see the process of creating a handprint spider craft!

You’ll see the various techniques from coloring the paper plate, to hole punching, and finally threading the yarn to make a spider web!

Depending on the type of hole punch you have, you may need to help your kiddo push it down all the way! My daughter, age 3, definitely needed us to do this part together!

Watch How to Make This Spider Handprint Craft!

In this video you’ll see the process of creating a handprint spider craft!

You’ll see the various techniques from coloring the paper plate, to hole punching, and finally threading the yarn to make a spider web!

Depending on the type of hole punch you have, you may need to help your kiddo push it down all the way! My daughter, age 3, definitely needed us to do this part together!

spider handprint craft

When to Make This Spider Handprint Craft

While the most likely time of the year you may think to do this is Halloween, the spooky season isn’t the only time! Perhaps your kiddo loves all things creepy crawlers, or you are doing an insect-themed unit, or want to pair this craft with a book like Charlotte’s Web! There are lots of excuses to paint those hands and make spiders!

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Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Color the paper plate! We used tempera paint sticks because we love how they have the vibrancy of paint, but roll on like a crayon and dry in seconds! Use one color, or many!

Step 2

Paint your kiddo’s hands (except for the thumb!), we chose the color black, and make a handprint in the center of the paper plate.

Step 3

Use the hole punch to make circles around the circumference of the paper plate.

Step 4

Tie a piece of yarn to one of the holes, and have your kiddo thread the rest through all the other holes, spider-web style!

Step 5

Add googly eyes once the paint has dried to bring your handprint spider to life!

Step 1

Color the paper plate! We used tempera paint sticks because we love how they have the vibrancy of paint, but roll on like a crayon and dry in seconds! Use one color, or many!

Step 2

Paint your kiddo’s hands (except for the thumb!), we chose the color black, and make a handprint in the center of the paper plate.

Step 3

Use the hole punch to make circles around the circumference of the paper plate.

Step 4

Tie a piece of yarn to one of the holes, and have your kiddo thread the rest through all the other holes, spider-web style!

Step 5

Add googly eyes once the paint has dried to bring your handprint spider to life!

Beyond Making Spider Handprint Art!

Painting is a great fine motor activity for kids because it teaches them to see with their eyes while painting with their hands. Holding a paint stick or paint brush is a great first step for strengthening grip and hand control before using pencils! 

But as I mentioned above, there is so much more to this handprint art project in terms of fine motor skills! Squeezing a hole punch and threading yarn through those small holes is fantastic at strengthening hand grip, finger muscles, and hand eye coordination!

spider handprint craft
spider handprint craft

Beyond Making Spider Handprint Art!

Painting is a great fine motor activity for kids because it teaches them to see with their eyes while painting with their hands. Holding a paint stick or paint brush is a great first step for strengthening grip and hand control before using pencils! 

But as I mentioned above, there is so much more to this handprint art project in terms of fine motor skills! Squeezing a hole punch and threading yarn through those small holes is fantastic at strengthening hand grip, finger muscles, and hand eye coordination!

More Ways to Explore Artistic Mediums

Want more projects after doing this spider handprint activity? Here are my top picks for arts and crafts kits that encourage hands on creations!

Water Marbling Kit

Create beautiful marbled art with this easy to use kit. This is water based art and comes with all the tools needed to create 10 masterpieces!

Spin and Spiral Art

This fun kit allows kiddos to explore both spin art and spiral art. The kit comes with 3 spiro gears, 6 markers, 3 ink bottles, 15 paper discs, and an art station base.

Sand Art Kit

This sand art kit comes with 8 different colors of sand to create sand bottles and pendant bottles. A great way to discover art through a different medium!

String Art Kit

This kit is a fun way for kids to create and display amazing shapes and designs artistically made with string.  Use a pattern included in the kit or create your own!

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