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Halloween Crafts For Kids – toilet roll spiders

Quick and fun halloween crafts for kids: toilet roll and cardboard tube spiders – all you need is paint, pipe cleaners and googly eyes to create cute or scary spider characters…. that part’s up to the littles :)

Not being a fan of anything ‘too’ spooky and scary here Molly prefers to keep things somewhat goofy (and cute), so here are the two spider friends that we came up with….. although the ‘big’ guy has taken to munching on her Polly Pockets, so he’s not really flavour of the week any more!!

halloween craft for kids - toilet roll spiders

First stuff the toilet rolls will newspaper or tissue paper and tape over to secure. I had a few of these hexagonal treat boxes too that I utilised, I taped the ends shut and cut a slit for the mouth.

I then covered all with one thin layer of papier mache to give a uniform surface for painting on all sides.halloween crafts - cardboard spiders-

When the papier mache layer is dry leave out some paint and brushes for the kids to paint the spider’s body, in whatever crazy colour combinations they choose.

toilet roll spider craft

When the paint is dry poke some holes along the side of the spiders body for the legs, and the kids can mix and match the pipe cleaners in whatever colour combination of legs and bodies give them the ‘spider character’ they want.

Pop on the googly eyes, not being one for scary things Molly’s spider had to have three eyes to give it the ‘harmless’ and startled look :)

Blue and Orange Spider: the polka dots were added with a cotton bud dipped in black paint

halloween crafts for kids

For the ‘fierce’ black spider we used a wine cork. I painted black heavy eyelids over the large googly eyes to make him full and heavy looking :)

halloween spider craft

fight! fight! fight!
Molly wants her toys back!!!

cardboard tube spiders

This little guy, fondly called ‘gloogloo’, is given free reign of the house

cardboard spider craft

and is brought along for walks and drives…. or just little chats in the garden :)
toiler roll crafts for kids - spiders


My favourite Spider Story Books for Kids

my favourite spider story books for children

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
for children aged 1-4yrs – a beautifully spun tale! of a determined little spider who is blown on a fence and begins to weave her web, too busy to play with the other animals.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider for reading age 4-8yr – A classic version of an old favourite where the spider’s the star! and the stories go beyond what I knew them to be as a child.

Charlotte’s Web for reading age 9-12yrs. Everyone knows the story of when the bashful pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte. Lovable pig + wise spider = enduring classic :)



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