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My daughter is finally at the age where she is really getting into doing arts and crafts with me and wanting to make fun projects for each holiday and that makes this momma very happy :) With Halloween just a few weeks away I decided to bring back one of my favorite childhood crafts and make Egg Carton Spiders! Did you make these when you were little?
-1 Egg Carton
– 1 Pack of Googly Eyes ( I found mine at the Dollar Tree)
– Black Pipe Cleaners (2 per spider)
– Black Acrylic Paint
– Hot Glue, Scissors, Paint Brushes, Mini Hole Punch
Next, we set up our painting station and turned this into a learning activity! Since we were making spiders and they happen to be everywhere during this time of year, I decided to turn this into a little learning activity for Miss E. We visited the The Orkin Ecologist to learn more about these creepy little creatures. The site has a ton of fun educational information for both kids and adults. This month their featured bug happens to be the The Goliath Bird-Eating Spider (the name alone makes me cringe) and here is what we learned about them:
- They are part of the theriphosidae family, the Tarantulas
- They eat Carnivorous, feeding on insects, reptiles, amphibians and mammals
- Females can live 20-25 years while males typically live five years (not if I squash them first!)
- Their leg span can be up to 11 in. and weight up to six oz.
- They are located in upland South America (good thing, I don’t want to run into these)
We let the paint dry over night and then used the mini hold punch to cut three holes on each side of each egg carton piece. To make the legs, cut a pip cleaner into 2 1/2 ” pieces (You’ll get about 3 per pipe cleaner) and then bend them like the picture above. Bend the leg pieces into the holes and secure them to the egg carton. Lastly, use hot glue to place the eyes onto the front. Easy!
For more bug projects visit Orkin Ecologist’s Pinterest Page!