I do hope you’ve had a good Easter. We didn’t do any candy this year, both to encourage health, as well as because of a milk allergy (if you’re in the same boat, here are some great ideas for next Easter). However, in the past the children did get a few gummy bears inside of those little colourful plastic eggs. They’re lovely at the time, but also fun to turn into other things! A few years back the kids made little spiders that I thought I’d share with you.
Yes, a surplus of plastic eggs around the house….they’re great for using in the play kitchen, but there are lots of other uses for them, too. The kids were a little younger when they made these…maybe of toddler/preschool age. So I don’t have any photos of them making these little guys as I was helping them out.
- The supplies are ones you probably already have around the house:
- Plastic Easter eggs
- Scraps of yarn
- Thick thread or string
- White glue
- Googly eyes or stickers
- Looseleaf reinforcement stickers (or anything else that can be used for the mouth)
Our eggs had two little holes in the tops of them so I used a piece of silver thread to make little ‘hangers’ for the spiders.
Next I cut some bit of yarn into appropriate lengths so that one piece will fit across the egg and out both sides for the legs.
Open the egg and run some glue along the inside rim of the egg.
Place the ‘legs’ across. We found it easier to lie them in a criss-cross pattern to prevent them falling out.
Close the egg firmly and then use your stickers and eyes to finish off the characters. As you can see, Tristan & Kallista had fun making lots of different faces!
Now hang your egg spider up to dry for a little while so it doesn’t open like the little blue guy on the left there.
Have fun playing with your spiders, playing Little Miss Muffet, or hang them from a tree or doorknob…who knows, maybe they’ll frighten the real spiders away!