Up the Water Spout

Posted by: on Jun 6, 2014 in Blog | 3,041 Comments

Here’s a craft idea for a “too humid for humans” afternoon.

Climbing Spider Craft


  • Tagboard or heavy paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • Yarn for Legs (pipe cleaners might be fun too)
  • String for climbing (36 to 40 inches should do the trick)
  • A straw
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Beads that are too big to fit into the straw


  • Draw a spider head and body (any animal or person will work just as well)
  • Decorate your spider with crayons or markers. The fancier the better!
  • Tape or glue some yarn “legs” on the back of the spider
  • Cut two pieces from the straw about ½ inch long. Glue and/or tape the straw pieces to the back of your spider, one on each side. Make sure the holes go from top to bottom.

When your spider is complete and the straws are secure on the back and won’t come off easily, thread the string from bottom up on one and down from the top on the other (this leaves the two free ends of string hanging down). Place the beads on the free ends so the spider will not fall off (you may want to tie the beads up a bit and leave string hanging down as handles.

Hang the string over a doorknob and gently pull the strings apart. Your spider will climb up the string to the doorknob. You can sing, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and act out the song with your little climbing spider.

Let us know how your project worked out. Did your little one make a climber that wasn’t a spider? Send us a picture! We’d love to see it.