This spider handprint craft combines two of my favourite painting techniques for toddlers and preschoolers. Hand print art and painting with golf balls! My hooligans loved it, and I’ll bet yours will too!
You can make this spider craft as a Halloween craft or if you’re working on a preschool spider unit, or just for fun any old day at home.
If you haven’t painted with golf balls yet, you have to try it! Your kids will love it. Handprints are always a lot of fun too, and if you’re concerned about the mess factor, take it outside like we did, or at the very least, have a big bowl of soapy water and a towel nearby so your children can clean their hands quickly and easily after making their prints.
Gather your supplies:
- construction paper or card stock
- white paint for webs
- coloured or black paint for spiders
- googly eyes
- a couple of golf balls (marbles or bouncy balls work well too)
- cardboard box (one with a lid is good, but not necessary)
Painting your web with golf balls:
Place your paper into the cardboard box and drizzle it with white paint.
Drop in the golf balls and put the lid on the box and shake the heck out of it. If you’re not using a lid, remind your hooligans not to go TOO crazy with this part of the project or you’ll wind up with painty golf balls bouncing out and onto the floor.
Every now and again, pop the lid off the box to see how your “web” is coming along, and have your kids continue to shake away until you get they’re happy with how it looks.
We placed our webs in the sun for a while until they were dry, and then we moved on to the next part.
The handprint spiders:
When the webs were dry, the hooligans picked out the colour of paint they wanted for their spiders, and I painted the palm and 4 fingers of one hand. Do not paint the thumb. Then they pressed their hand down onto their paper to make one half of the spider. I brushed more paint onto their hand, and helped them overlap their palm onto the palm-print they’d already made, and they pressed to make the other half of the spider.
After a quick wash in the bowl of soapy water, they decorated their spiders with the googly eyes.
Lots of goggly eyes. 🙂
What do you think?
More of our golf ball painting projects:
Painting Fall Colours with Golf Balls
Golf ball webs and Finger Spiders
Sparkly Easter Garlands painted with Golf Balls
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.
Sarah @ How Wee Learn
I love these Jackie! The spider web idea is so unique – we will have to give it a try!!
Love it and my boys would have so much fun with this activity.
Those look great! I like that you used golf ball painting for the web! Pinning this!
I guess I could do this with the kids bouncy balls too – we have so many! Thank you for the inspiration.
Katie @ Happily Ever Mom
Jackie! I love these – if I were still in the classroom, I’d be doing these tomorrow! Never thought to use glue with marble -or, golf ball – painting. Great idea and very inspiring!
So glad you liked them, Katie. The white drizzled stuff is paint though, not glue, although… you’ve got me thinking now. Glitter glue might be very cool to use!
Katie @ Happily Ever Mom
Haha! I swear I read: “and drizzle it with white glue…” It’s funny, I’ve been thinking of some different ways to use glue so now I’m seeing glue everywhere. Thanks for being kind, Jackie!
Stephanie @ Twodaloo
This is too much fun! I know my twins would love it. Featuring you this week on Discover & Explore- thanks so much for linking up!
Ooh! I have done the web method before, but have been looking out for a way for toddlers to make spiders without too much input from me – these are perfect! Definitely doing this with my minders, thanks!
Super! I hope they have fun with them, Kelly!