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5 Fine Motor Spider Crafts

October 27, 2017Jenny

Ahh! Spiders! If your youngsters are fond of the eight-legged creatures, why not try out some of these fun and budget-friendly craft ideas over the weekend? They can be made with easy-to-source materials and look really effective; not to mention helping children to develop those all-important fine motor skills!

  • Paper plate weaving web- this one is great for older toddlers and pre-schoolers- the process of threading wool through the holes in the paper plate is brilliant for practicing those hand-eye coordination skills.

Step 1) Cut out the middle of a paper plate and punch holes around the edge.

Step 2) Thread wool in and out of the holes, criss-crossing the centre.

  • Stick and string web- this is a great craft for using natural materials- teamed with the pinecone spider (below) it makes a fun post-woodland walk activity!

Step 1) Collect three sticks of similar length. Lay them on top of each other, overlapping.

Step 2) After tying the string in the middle, wind it around the sticks, moving it slightly further away from the centre each time, this makes the web effect.


  • Pinecone spider- This one again uses natural materials and is easy to make.

Step 1) Using the flat end of the pine cone as the face, glue some googly eyes in place.

Step 2) Then take four pipe cleaners and twist round the body, making eight legs.


  • Glitter glue web- Most glitter glue tends to come in small, squeezy tubes. These are brilliant for encouraging squeezing and the development of finger muscles in little hands.

Step 1) Use one colour to squeeze out the spokes of the web, crossing each other from the centre.

Step 2) Using a different colour, make circles from the middle, moving outwards.

  • Pom-pom spiders- for a realistic spider look, use a nice, big, fluffy pom-pom for this one!

Step 1) Take the pom-pom and twist four pipe cleaners around the middle; the pipe cleaners form the legs- four on each side.

Step 2) For added fine motor practice, you can thread a bead up each leg towards the middle, bending the knees to hold them in place.


Which one will you make? Share your creations on social media, tagging Rabbit Ideas!

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Comments (37)

  • Fee – One of Each

    October 28, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Oo I love how there are so many options on the same theme. So great for kids as they become obsessed so I know my boy would love all these. Thanks for joining in #littlemakes

    1. Jenny Rumney

      October 31, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Eva Katona

    October 29, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I love these! The all look fairly easy to make! #thesaturdaysesh

    1. Jenny Rumney

      October 31, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      Really easy, yes!

  • Hayley@ Mission: Mindfulness

    October 30, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I love the pine cone spider idea – will look out for some pine cones with them after school today. We did the paper plate weaving web at playgroup and the girls loved it so it’s definitely a good one for others to do too. #thesatsesh xx

    1. Jenny Rumney

      October 31, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      The classic crafts are always the best ones!

  • Lisa Pomerantz

    October 31, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I love these, especially that googly-eyed pine cone and sticks! What fun! Thank you lovely! #thesatsesh xoxo

    1. Jenny Rumney

      October 31, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      Thank you, that is my favourite one too!

  • Susan Mann

    October 31, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Oh these are fantastic. Simple, fun and look great. THanks for sharing x #familyfun

    1. Jenny Rumney

      October 31, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      Thank you, yes, very easy to do!

  • ruth cartwright

    October 31, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    LOVE the spider! #littlemakes

    1. Jenny Rumney

      October 31, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      Thank you! Thought they were fun and not too scary!

  • Mama Mia

    October 31, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Great ideas I’ll definitely be trying a few out, just need to stock up on googly eyes!!

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 1, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      Yes- googly eyes a real must- so versatile!

  • Sarah – Mud, Cakes and Wine

    October 31, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    My boys would love these some great ideas #tacticaltuesdays

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 1, 2017 at 6:46 pm


  • Sumra

    November 1, 2017 at 3:45 am

    My daughter and I just made a spider like the one you made on paper plate, it was a project for her toddler rhyme group at the local library. She absolutely loved gluing the legs on. I think she just liked using a glue stick. Lol.

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 1, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      Cool! If you share any photos on twitter or instagram tag rabbit ideas and I’ll be sure to give it a like!

  • Kate

    November 1, 2017 at 10:09 am

    My 6 year old will love these – plus we can go pine cone hunting too. Lovely post xx

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 1, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      Yes to pinecone hunting- what a great activity to do!

  • Helena

    November 2, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    What a fun make for this time of year. I recall making dream catchers a little like this as a child. #littlemakes

  • Cheshire SEN Tutor

    November 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Read this earlier in the week and mentioned on twitter! Nice to see it on this linky too #fortheloveofblog Really fab ideas- as always ?

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 5, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Alana – Burnished Chaos

    November 4, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Ooh, I love these. We have a rapidly growing collection of sticks in our front garden that are collected every time we go out so now I have a use for them!
    Thank you for joining #FamilyFunLinky x

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 5, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      We have a stick collection going on too- they seem to need to be longer and longer each time! #toddlerlife! Thank you for reading 🙂

  • Kelly Edwards

    November 6, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Oh I love the looks of these! Some fab crafty things to do. Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofBLOG

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 6, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you

  • Jemma

    November 6, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Completely brilliant! I love those pine cone ones!#littlemakes

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 8, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you! Yes, the pine cones with many, many eyes!

  • Joanna Bayford

    November 6, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Live these ideas thank u for sharing #TacticalTuesdays

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 8, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you for reading

  • Vicky Kinmond

    November 14, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Love this post. The spider looks amazing! We will definitely be trying this next year when we are old enough! #TacticalTuesdays

  • Rosie @ Little Fish

    February 12, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    Oh these are fantastic! I love the pine cone spider – such a clever idea. x #MakeItLinky

    1. Jenny

      February 15, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks! A good one to have in store for spider-related books or projects as well!

  • Malin – Sendational Learning with Penguin

    February 17, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    I’m terrified of spiders but love these! Very cute, and very doable activities, not too complicated. Perfect! ??x

    1. Jenny

      February 25, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Ah, brilliant!

  • Sarah

    March 3, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Ohh these are fab ideas! A great way to use pinecones too! Thank you for sharing #MakeItLinky

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