Another creepy crawly craft that Jonah and I did this past week was "handprint spiders."
We've been working really hard on using a pencil grip on crayons, and pressing hard enough to leave a mark, as well as drawing a variety of marks like circles, horizontal lines, and vertical lines. By "working hard" I mean that we've been doing a lot of play activities to incorporate different aspects of drawing/writing.
So, for the first step of this craft, I thought I'd have him draw the web with a white crayon on gray paper. I also gave him black and dark gray so that he would have different contrasts to work with, and because he kept asking for purple, I gave him that crayon too. I was very happy to see that he has not only mastered the pencil grip on the crayon, but he was also pressing hard enough that I could see the white marks on the gray paper. He also scribbled in circular motions for the first time! So we hit a lot of "milestones" with this project!
I paired this with an activity called "tickle spider," a book from my preschool teaching days called "Don't Squish the Spider!" Which apparently is no longer available anywhere (it is a british children's book) but I'm sure that your local librarian would have something up her sleeves if you asked for a children's book about spiders. And of course, "The Itsy Bitsy Spider."
We counted the spider's legs when we were done making it, which is something Jonah enjoys doing a lot. Sometimes he'll stand in front of the fridge and point, saying syllables as if he is counting the legs on his spider!