Here is a simple spider anatomy activity that’s easy to set up and can be enjoyed over and over again. This activity is perfect for Halloween or general spider study. The legs and googly eyes stick to the paper, making this an irresistible activity for kids of all ages.
We love searching for spiders in the fall! They seem to be everywhere, piquing my boys natural curiosity of these eight-legged animals. My boys have so many questions about their interesting appearance. I can hear them now…… “How many legs do they have?” “Do they have eyes?” “Where is the mouth?” So.Many.Questions!
So instead of searching for pencil and paper work on Pinterest, I got out some of our favorite crafting supplies and got busy creating a fun, hands-on and engaging activity.
I started the spider for my boys and their job was to finish the spider using what they know about spider anatomy.
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Here’s What We Did:
First I drew the spiders in pencil. I have a serious fear of drawing circles;) I can’t do it no matter how hard I try, so I used a cup to draw the spider abdomen and just tried my best with the fangs and cephalothorax. (Say that 10 times fast!) I drew a couple of spider web threads and one corner web for the third spider.
Then I traced over the pencil with black marker.
Next I prepared the supplies. I unpeeled the googly eyes and cut my Wikki Stix in half. I stuck the eyes on the side of my bowl to make it easy for my boys to grab.
Find a spot to put your activity. This doesn’t need to be an outdoor activity, but we are soaking up the beautiful fall weather before it turns super cold this winter.
You can also tape this to a table!
Once my boys saw the googly eyes, they could hardly contain their excitement! They just love these things and beg to use them all the time. We have a rather large collection and I thought it would be fun to use the eyelash variety. My boys got a kick out of it!
We discussed again that *most* spiders have 8 eyes so that’s the number we went with.
Now they moved on to the legs. My boys love using Wikki Stix, so they were excited about this part as well! If you have never tried Wikki Stix, you need to test them out! They are made out of wax and yarn so they stick to most surfaces with light fingertip pressure. They are really fun to fun to use!
It looked pretty neat in the end and they learned a lot in the process!
You can always unpeel the legs and do this part over and over again! The eyes don’t come off as easily, but you could do this activity on white contact paper and tape it up sticky side out if you would like to peel off the eyes as well.
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I hope you give this activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.