Friendly Spider Craft

Anansi the Spider is a little trickster with many adventures under his belt. His stories originated from West African mythology and have traveled to the West Indies, South America, and North America by African slaves in earlier centuries. "Anansi and the Talking Melon" recently arrived at Fair & Square during our monthly story time. Kids loved his crazy antics!

To go along with the reading of this fun book, we created a craft: Anansi the Spider and his Web. It's also perfect for Halloween.

Here's what you need:

  • a medium-size paper plate (9" diameter)
  • hole punch and scissors
  • 2-3 ft. of white yarn
  • four 6-inch pipe cleaners
  • a set of googly eyes
  • one 1.5-inch pom pom
  • fabric glue and/or hot glue

WEB: Cut a 5.5 inch circle out of the paper plate, leaving at least a ½ inch border around the bottom of the plate. Punch holes in the border, approx. 2 inches apart. Take the yarn and secure one end by lacing it through two holes that are side by side and tie it off.  Once secured, thread the yarn in a hole across the plate; repeat this action until you have created a web. [see photo.] Punch two holes in the top rim of the plate and lace yarn through the holes to create a hanger for the web.

SPIDER: To create Anansi's legs, place the 4 pipe cleaners side by side in a bunch; twist them together in the center 3 times. This will keep the legs together. Separate the legs so that there are 4 on each side. Bend each pipe cleaner to create a knee and a foot. Anansi should be able to stand upright on the table. Take the pom pom and glue it in the center of where the legs were twisted—hot glue adheres the two surfaces quickly/fabric glue will take longer to dry. Glue the two googly eyes on the pom pom.

Hang the web and place Anansi on it by catching the web yarn with his upturned feet!