Easy Cardboard Spider Preschool Craft

Spider crafts are so much fun, especially when the spider you make is used for pretend play. A spider craft is easy to make with cardboard and googly eyes. This little spider crawls through the branches as he spins his web.

Cardboard spider craft for kids

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Bugs and insects are fun for crafting. They're also perfect for engaging fine motor skills with cutting and gluing, drawing and painting.

The finished bugs are fun to use in pretend play, and perfect for engaging gross motor skills. Kids can fly with a butterfly, crawl with a caterpillar, and spin a web with a spider.

Cardboard spider craft

In this activity, kids will have fun cutting and coloring and gluing to make a friendly little spider. 

Corrugated paper is perfect for this spider craft, because it adds texture to the spider for an added sensory play opportunity. If corrugated isn't available you can use any cardboard you have.

Recently we received a gift of a set of dinner plates. The plates were separated by squares of corrugated paper that was perfect for this spider craft.

Related: Corrugated cardboard flower craft

Supplies for spider craft


Corrugated cardboard spider craft


  • craft eyes


 Instructions for spider craft


Spider preschool craft



1. Cut an X shape from the corrugated paper. Overall length is 5 inches (12.5 cm) Leg length is 2 inches (5 cm).

2. Bend the legs under at 1.5 inches (4 cm) from the outer edge. Cut a V shape out of each leg. This will transform four legs into eight legs.

3. Bend the tips of the legs up.


Spider craft fine motor painting activity


4. Color the spider with paint or markers.

5. Glue on the googly craft eyes.

6. Poke a small hole in the center of the spider and insert a length of string or yarn.  

Use the string to help your spider 'puppet' crawl around the branches.

The string also becomes the 'thread' he hangs from as he spins his web!


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