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

By |2011-10-26T23:23:26+00:00October 26th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. andiejaye October 27, 2011 at 1:48 am - Reply

    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. October 28, 2011 at 9:03 am - Reply

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

  2. Melissa October 27, 2011 at 6:21 am - Reply

    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. October 28, 2011 at 9:02 am - Reply

      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. Susie October 27, 2011 at 10:46 am - Reply

    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!).

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 28, 2011 at 9:01 am - Reply

      Haha – I never heard of them being called dootadoos! How cute! LOL!

  4. Jill October 28, 2011 at 10:30 am - Reply

    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!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      What a sweet comment Jill! I appreciate it:)

  5. Amanda November 20, 2011 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts! You can see it here

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I’d love it if you would submit them 🙂 If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

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