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Creepy-Crawly Pipe Cleaner Spiders

Creepy-Crawly Pipe Cleaner Spiders
Messiness: Low
Age Range: 3y - 7y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

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Jen Hansard
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Add some creepy crawlers to your Halloween decor this year with a simple and fun spider craft made from pipe cleaners and beads. My 3-year-old daughter, Clare, had a great time picking the bead colors and putting them on the legs. After we were done, I let her help pick the places to display them around the house. They haven't stayed there long though--she loves picking them up and playing with them.

How We Did It

Creepy-Crawly Pipe Cleaner Spiders

Gather your supplies. You can use any colors you want for the material, but to make it more spooky, I would stick with black, orange, and yellow.

Creepy-Crawly Pipe Cleaner Spiders

Hold 4 pipe cleaners in one hand and bend them in half. Then twist them together in the middle to create a loop for the spider's "body." Twist a couple times to make sure the pipe cleaners are secure. Depending on your kid's age, you may need to do this for them. While I twisted Clare's, I had her pick out the beads she wanted to put on the spider.

Creepy-Crawly Pipe Cleaner Spiders
Have your child separate the legs (and count them as you go). We made a few of these so Clare got some good counting fun in!
Creepy-Crawly Pipe Cleaner Spiders

Have your child slide beads onto each leg in various positions. This was great for Clare's fine motor skills. To keep the beads from sliding off, just bend the legs to create "joints". Once all 8 legs are done, flip the spider over and admire your Halloween creation!


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My child and I completed Creepy-Crawly Pipe Cleaner Spiders.

posted by: Gina on 10.15.2013

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Combined with cotton cobwebs, this is a perfect way to have the kids help decorate the house. No mess. :)

posted by: Rachel on 10.16.2012

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One of my kids has special needs, and I love these simple/achievable projects I can do with him. We made these last night & he was so proud of his work - me too! We had a blast!

posted by: Anne on 10.16.2012

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