Simple spiders our preschoolers made

Our preschoolers enjoyed working with the paper tubes since we haven’t done much with them this school year so far…

The children started by cutting the spider legs on one end of the paper tubes. ¬†They were supposed to see if they could come up with eight legs but in the end, we had all kinds of spider legs going on…

After they cut their spider legs, then they painted their spiders any color they liked. We had red, green, purple, and pink spiders. Nobody wanted a black spider…

And after the paint dried, we added googly eyes to finish our spiders…

We also tried making a few with cut up paper towel tubes and that worked just as well!

Links to Grow on…

Toilet Roll Octopus by MeloMomma

Cardboard Tube Lion by

Cardboard Tube Farm Animals from Crafts by Amanda

Paper tube Snakes from Play Pennies


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  1. says

    i love the red one with the 2 different colored eyes! tp rolls lend themselves to so many things, don’t they? of course, i’ve never seen these!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      Haha – I have seen them made as an Octopus but I thought they would be cute as spiders too!

  2. says

    These are so simple and so cute! My boys both love spiders and I am also always on the lookout for new craft ideas to try. They’re only little (four and two) but I think they would have fun with them. Thank you : )

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      I wish I had cut my tubes down a little shorter but the kids didn’t care at all – they loved their colorful spiders!

  3. says

    Those are really cute, and a good way to reuse throwaway stuff. When my boys were little they called the paper tubes “dootadoos”. Makes me smile to recall (in face we all still call them that!).

  4. says

    LOVE this idea! We will be doing this monday! Thanks for sharing all your awesome ideas! I don’t know what I would do without your blog! :) YOU ROCK!!