Friday, October 02, 2015

Kinetic Sand Spider Activity

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Looking for spider activities for toddlers and preschoolers? This kinetic sand spider activity is a great way to develop fine motor skills and encourage sensory play.

Kinetic sand is a great material to use to work on fine motor skills and even more fun to build with. From kinetic sand potato heads to this simple kinetic sand rainbow, the possibilities are endless. There are so many ways to get creative with kinetic sand!

And these kinetic sand spiders are one such example of how you creative you can get with kinetic sand.

While I'm not a spider person (like at all!), these kinetic sand spiders turned out so cute! And, more importantly, the kids had fun.

So grab some kinetic sand and a couple of basic craft supplies and give this kinetic sand spider activity a try.

Kinetic sand spider activity for toddlers and preschoolers

What You'll Need for this Preschool Spider Activity

Like all of our kinetic sand activities, you don't need much in terms of materials. Here's what we used for this kinetic sand spider activity:

You can set out all the materials as is and see what they create on their own. Or you can set the stage for making spiders by creating the spider body first.

Making Spiders with Kinetic Sand is a Great Fine Motor Activity!

First, you need to roll the kinetic sand into a large ball. Pack it tightly so it holds its shape.

Then simply let the kids decorate with pipe cleaner legs and googly eyes. You might have to remind your kids to press the materials in gently because if you press too hard, the ball of kinetic sand may break apart. But that's okay if it does. You can simply squish all the kinetic sand back together and start over.

Ways to play with kinetic sand

Your kids can add the pipe cleaner legs by poking them into the side of the kinetic sand ball. One leg, two legs...six more to go!

Building spiders out of kinetic sand

Keep adding eyes and legs until the spider is complete. Ta da! Isn't it cute?

Kinetic sand spiders are a fun way to play with kinetic sand and work on fine motor skills

At this point, the kids might try playing with and moving the finished spider around. It's a bit fragile. After all, an eyeball popped off this spider during play.

Kinetic sand spiders are a fun way to play with kinetic sand and work on fine motor skills

But the good news is that the kids can always build and rebuild as many spiders as they'd like. Maybe they try building a different sized spider the next time around. Or maybe they bend the pipe cleaners into new poses before adding it to the kinetic sand. There are lots of possibilities here.

What do you think? Will you be giving this kinetic sand spider activity a try with your kids? It would make an awesome Halloween activity even.

Kinetic sand spider activity for toddlers and preschoolers