My 3 year old, R, is crazy about Spider-Man! Since we all love paper plate crafts, then making a paper plate Spider-Man with him was the obvious craft idea. We made these two different ways – one way a little easier for younger children like R, and the other one for those with slightly more control using a paint brush.
Paper Paint Spider-Man : The Painted Method
So, the design which you can see above is the painted design. We looked at pictures of Spider-Man and copied the basic shapes of his face.
Start by painting the whole paint red
Then add black for the base of his eyes, with the white eyes on top once that has dried
And then add the black web design over the rest of the face. This part is the one that very young children will probably need some help with.
Once the paper plate is dry, you have your Spider-Man face which is fun for little ones to play with as a mask, or place in their bedroom to decorate.
To use it as a mask, you can punch a hole in each eye to see, using a pencil or sharp knife, and punch a hole on either side using a hole puncher to string some elastic through to make a strap to hold it onto the head.
Paper Plate Spider-Man : The Sticking Method
For younger children, they can also make a paper plate Spider-Man by sticking all the pieces down onto their red paper plate to construct the face.
So first, paint your paper plate red (or use one that’s already red)
Then you colour and cut out your basic shapes for the eyes, and just stick them on with a glue stick once your paper plate is dry
You could make some black strips to stick on for the webbed design on the face, but R decided to paint the design onto this face. If a web design is quite difficult for them, a criss cross design can be a little easier and is similar enough that they can still recognise it as Spider-Man
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If you would like more super hero paper plate crafts, my friend Kate at Crafts on Sea has just made a Captain America Paper Plate shield with her little boy, and it is super cute!