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Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet for Fine Motor Play

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We had a bunch of fun taking Little Big Man's favorite song, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, and extending it with a fun fine motor craft! Introducing the Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet, SURE to get your little one's hands moving! Quick note – affiliate links are used in this post for your convenience.

Itsy Bitsy Spider Hand and Finger Puppet from Lalymom (5)

I discovered an easy shortcut for working with craft foam that is my new favorite trick! You'll see in my photo that I include a plastic lid and sharpie marker in the supplies, but it is not what you think! I actually did not trace anything to make this craft! I used the lid and the cap of the marker to press into the craft foam instead of tracing any shapes! You could do this with any cookie cutter or other shape you have and it will make it MUCH easier to get just the right shape!

The Sharpie marker cap made just about the right size hole for toddler and preschooler fingers. If your kids are older you may want to use something larger.

Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet Materials

Itsy Bitsy Spider Hand Puppet for Finger Articulation from Lalymom

Black Craft Foam
Googly Eyes
2 Black Pipe Cleaners (ours Fuzzy Sticks were provided for free from Craft Project Ideas)
1 Red Pipe Cleaner (Also from Craft Project Ideas)
Plastic Lid or Round Cookie Cutter
Sharpie Marker

Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet Instructions

Eensie Weensie Spider Hand and finger puppet for fine motor skills from Lalymom

1. Place the lid rim-down on the craft foam and press down hard all the way around the edge. Use scissors to cut on the resulting circle. Do the same thing with the lid of the Sharpie Marker to mark four small circles for finger holes. Cut them out with scissors or a craft knife.

Eensie Weensie Spider Hand Puppet for FInger Articulation from Lalymom
2. Using the tip of your scissor blade or a pen, carefully poke two holes on both sides of the craft foam for the pipe cleaner legs. Feed the pipe cleaners through from the back. (No need to cut the pipe cleaners, they should be just right if you feed them through from the back!)

3. Stick on the googly eyes.

4. Fold the red pipe cleaner in half. Poke two more small holes in the craft foam, under the eyes for the red pipe cleaner mouth and feed that through too.

That is it! Now you just have to invite your little one to put on the puppet and sing the appropriate song! Get those spider legs wriggling!

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Itsy Bitsy Spider Gifts for Kids

For more ideas, or for gifts to go along with the Itsy Bitsy Spider, check out these goodies! Click each link for product details.

Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet Board Book

Hape Spider Hand Puppet

Itsy Bitsy Spider Game

Itsy Bitsy Spider & Other Nursery Rhymes Book, CD and Plush Set

Fine Motor Friday

Fine Motor Fridays- Collaborative Fine Motor Skills Series

Here we are again with a group of fantastic bloggers to bring you a list of activities designed to target Fine Motor Skills in a playful way! Please do visit the other bloggers to see the fun ideas they have come up with this week!

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Practicing Fine Motor Skills with Classic Games from Stir the Wonder

Mardi Gras Play Dough from Still Playing School

Post It Notes Sudoku from School Time Snippets

Hedgehog Fine Motor Skills and Counting from Powerful Mothering

Fine Motor Fridays Pinterest Board

Thanks for reading my post today! If you enjoy trying simple, playful activities with your baby or toddler, I invite you to check out our Fine Motor Fridays Book! It is full of playful Fine Motor Skills Activities that you and your little one are sure to love!

99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1 to 5 - Available in Print, Kindle and eBook editions on Lalymom.com


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  1. This is SO cute! Thanks for linking this activity to Tuesday Tots. Just letting you know that it has been chosen as the Featured Post over all 3 sites 🙂 (Learn with Play at Home, Rainy Day Mum and One Perfect Day)

  2. Hi Laura

    We are a kids e-learning videos website and we have a guest feature every week on Saturday. This week we are featuring your craft “Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet” for our lil audience.

    Team KRB

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