A unit about spiders is a great topic for the month of October or around Halloween.  This paper plate art project would go great with your classroom materials.

To make this paper plate spider, start by coloring a small paper plate black, either with marker or crayon.  A crayon would certainly be less messy than a black marker!  A small 6″ circle of black card stock would work just fine, but would cut out the coloring step and the small motor skill practice.

Next, cut out legs and eyes.  Glue the eyes on the top of the plate and the legs under the plate, four per side.

And voila!!  you have a fun paper plate spider to play with or use on a bulletin board. 

They would be cute hanging from the ceiling with fishing line. This pattern is sold separately or in our theme book, Spiders!



This cute little monster paper bag puppet is so fun!

This one is colored with crayons.

The one below is colored with markers.

Start with the printed pattern,  then color and cut out.




Glue the head to the flap of a small paper bag.  Then glue the body under the flap, matching up the mouth.  There will be tons of fun at school and at home!


We Are the Birds

Kids of all ages can create these cute little birds in the style of James Rizzi’s We Are The Birds!  

We learned about the artwork of James Rizzi, an artist who lived in New York City and is known for his simple black lines and bold colors.


First, we made the outline of the birds with a black oil pastel.  This was a directed line drawing, but each bird turned out unique!  Next we used watercolors to add some bright colors.

This was a great project that could be adapted for kids from K-5.