Make a Spider


Make a Spider to learn about 8 legged beasties

A really easy and quick project but enables your child to spend plenty of time doing the how to make a spiderbest part – decorating! We have 2 objectives, the first is to make a satisfying spider-like model with a body and 8 legs, the second is an excuse to chat and learn more about spiders.

Time 5min – 1hour (depending on attention span)

 What you’ll need

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Small pompoms
  • Glue

Stuff to decorate with

  • Glitter
  • Feathers
  • Gemstones

Method: read all about spiders using our spiders factsheet and pick out details your child will find interesting. An EYFS level child will enjoy counting the spider’s legs and a sing along to incy wincey is bound to get a few giggles (well it did for the quality of my singing alone).

Cut the pipe cleaners in half to make a small spider or use the full length for a scissor red pipe cleanersfree version.


Group together twisting them in the middle they should hold themselves together.


twist the pipe cleaners

Twist the pipecleaners

Get a pompom and attach with a small dab of glue to the base. The older child might like to tackle adding an abdomen using a smaller pompom attached to the main body – ta dah all finished!


Now for the fun part let your child decorate to their hearts content, add eyes or even string for silk – who says spiders can’t be sparkle with glitter!

home made spider

A Bird-eating Spider?