Pom Pom Spider (or other bugs)

Far from creepy - these cute spiders are super fun to make and keep as pets. Use different colored yarn and add wings to make different bugs.

Pom Pom Spider (or other bugs) Pom Pom Spider (or other bugs) Pom Pom Spider (or other bugs)

Project Info

Difficulty Slightly challenging
Duration 15-30 minutes
Age 5+
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Materials

  • 1 Pipe Cleaner cut into 4 equal size pieces
  • Black Yarn
  • Card
  • Googly Eyes
  • White Glue (e.g. Elmers)

Instructions

  • Step 3

  • Step 5

  • Step 6

  1. Cut the card into a rectangle 2"x4"
  2. Select Pipe Cleaner to use as legs and cut in half and in half again to make 4 "legs"
  3. Wind yarn around the narrow side of the card about 50 times. Cut the yarn
  4. Carefully slide the yarn off, maintaining a hole through the middle of the yarn turns.
  5. Slide the pipe-cleaner legs through the middle of the yarn circles.
  6. Cut another length of yard and tie around the middle of the yarn / pipe-cleaners to secure the bundle
  7. Cut through the ends of the yarn loops to make a pom pom
  8. Arrange the pipecleaner legs a little to support the spiders
  9. Glue googly eyes onto the spider.

Tips

  1. You can make this activity slightly easier for kids by cutting the yarn to length. In advance of doing the activity with kids, wind the yarn around the card, and cut, then unwind. The child can then rewind it when they are ready to do the activity.
  2. Most children age 5 should be able to manage this activity with minimal assistance. But you will need to be on hand to make sure that they don't wind the yarn too tightly around the card (making it too hard to slide off) and making sure that they maintain a hole through the middle of the yarn circles.

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Useful supplies

Creativity Street Big Box of Chenille Stems, 150-Count, Assorted Colors (AC5547)
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Elmer's Glue-All Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, Extra Strong, 7.625 Ounces, 1 Count
Darice 100-Piece Chenille Stems, 6mm by 12-Inch, Purple
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Lion Brand Yarn 760-153 Lion Cotton Yarn, Black

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