Nature Craft for Kids: Mystery Daddy Longlegs

Mystery Daddy Longlegs NT

For a recent story hour, A Daddy Longlegs Isn’t a Spider, we created this nature craft for kids, the mystery daddy longlegs painting. It is a process craft that allows kids to experience the first two stages of a daddy longlegs’ life in a fun and exciting way.

To create this craft you will need:

  • White paper (I used white cardstock)
  • White and pale green crayons
  • Liquid watercolor paint
  • Paintbrushes

Prepare your watercolor paint by pouring the desired amount of liquid watercolor into dishes and then diluting it with water until you reach the desired shade of color.

To begin, color daddy longlegs on the white paper with white crayon; you can add eggs with pale green crayon too. In the book, A Daddy Longlegs Isn’t a Spider, we learned that daddy longlegs have eight legs and one body part which we reminded ourselves as we drew our critters.

Mystery Longlegs (1)

After coloring as many daddy longlegs and eggs on the paper as you’d like, begin painting the paper with the liquid watercolor to reveal where each daddy longlegs is.

Mystery Longlegs (2)

Make sure to paint the entire daddy longlegs to get the full effect. You can even change color to add more mystery.

Mystery Longlegs (3)

The kids thought that this was incredible since the daddy longlegs essentially disappeared after drawing them with white on white. Some kids even tried to draw their name which turned out to be quite the challenge. Give this fun and exciting craft a try with any kind of theme.

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