Hand Print Spiders
Make these super hand print spiders with your toddler. This activity is great for developing fine motor skills & imaginary play.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Paint for hand print spiders legs. Alternatively, a pen & coloured crayons if making hand outline legs;
- Piece of card;
- Googly eyes or eye shapes cut out of card;
- Short length of wool/string;
1) With your toddler either paint their hands & press down to make the print OR draw around their hands to make an outline which they can colour in.
2) Once the hand prints/outlines are finished (or dry), cut them out.
3) Overlap the 2 prints/outlines with palms together (thumbs hidden/folded under so each set of 4 fingers makes the spider’s legs). Cut an appropriate size card circle for the spider’s body & fix over the hand prints/outlines.
4) Use googly eyes or make the eyes & mouth out of card.
5) You could make a hole at the top of the spider and thread a piece of wool through (not too long for safety) and tie a knot at one end so Incy can be hung up. Alternatively use the folded thumb prints as a stand for your spider.
HOW TO PLAY:
- Sing the Incy Wincy Spider nursery rhyme & use the spider as a prop / puppet
- Help counting skills e.g. count the spider’s legs & asking questions such as how many eyes? How many legs on each side of Incy? etc.
- Use as decorations: Halloween, bug party, mini-beasts display etc.
MAKE IT EASIER:
You will be able to make these spider hand prints even with small babies, but of course you will need to make the spiders yourself. Try these simple play ideas:
- Make a mobile & hang the spider hand prints safely above baby
- Put your spiders on a straw / lollipop stick & move around in front of baby to support eye tracking development
MAKE IT HARDER:
Is your child ready to stretch their fine motor & art skills further? Try these ideas:
- Challenge your child to colour within the hand outlines / cut out the hand prints themselves (with child-safe scissors)
- Research different types of spiders & make spider hand prints to match (e.g. colours, shapes etc.)
- Experiment with mixing paints to make different colours to decorate the spider hand prints
What are you helping your little one to do?
- Experiment with different art materials, cutting, gluing, sticking & painting / colouring
- Follow simple instructions
- Extend knowledge of colours & shape
- Develop language skills through imaginary role-play & joining in with a familiar rhyme
- Develop number skills
What colour hand print spiders will you make with your child?
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PIN THESE HAND PRINT SPIDERS: