Since getting our box of Halloween goodies down from the attic last week that feeling of panic that takes over and makes your heart skip a beat has taken over about 72 times when I see those plastic spiders left on the floor! Every. Single. Time.
So, to try and show the kids I am absolutely not afraid of spiders, we made some Spider Playdough last week and filmed a video for the Kids Make and Bake Club YouTube channel. Last year when I made our Halloween Playdough the black playdough was played with most and constantly turned into spiders so I though it was time to give it another try with Halloween just around the corner (this post contains affiliate links).
You will need:
To make the playdough we combined all the dry ingredients to the bowl first before adding the oil, water and a good squirt of paint. Then we mixed until it was all combined, usually at this stage the mixture is still very wet but this time as you’ll see in the video it was a lot firmer, probably because of the paint.
Once cooled take out the bowl and knead really well. This is the most important stage of making playdough. Keep kneading until all the stickiness comes out and you’ll be left with some lovely soft black playdough perfect making spiders.
Next she rolled it into a ball and made a spider with alternate pipe cleaners and straw legs and two googley eyes and called him Simon.
Links to learning:
Playdough is one of my favourite ways to cover all 7 areas of learning and development. It’s such a fun open ended resource and my Tots alway enjoy it.
- Maths – weighing and measuring ingredients, counting spider legs and straws
- Literacy – mark making in the dough, reading ingredients
- Communication & Language – following instructions, reading new words on ingredients
- Creativity – manituplagin the dough, creating story lines around play
- Sensory – enjoying sensory experiences
- Understanding the world – talking about celebrations, where spiders live, what happens when ingredients are mixed.
- Physical Development – fine motor skills picking up small objects and gross motor skills for kneading the dough
More Spider fun
- These Spider Handprints from Learning and Exploring Through Play make a lovely keepsake.
- Paint with spiders (plastic ones of course!)
- Make some Easy String Spider Webs from Kids Make and Bake Club
- Have a go at catching a spiders web using some black paper (check the spider isn’t in it’s web first!).
- Find some old CD’s to recycle into these CD Spider Craft for Kids from Crafts on Sea
- Or my Little Tots’ favourite – Giant Spider Web in the tuff spot.