As an ECE I have learnt many little tricks over the years to help me through my daily adventures with children. One such is trick is how to paint on plastic.
Plastic snack cups are so handy for arts and crafts. Painting them can be frustrating as the paint does not cover the cup evenly and chips off easily when dry. However, if you add glue to your paint then coat the plastic it will spread more evenly and stay on when dry. You may still need a couple coats to get your desired effect. If you are cutting holes into the cups it is best to do this before you paint. I hole punched four holes near the bottom to add pipe cleaners.
This cup has one coat of paint mixed with glue. I mix 2 parts paint to 1 part glue. I then added two more coats in order to get a darker black for a spider. Once all the paint was dry I glued on two googly eyes on the front and added pipe cleaners in the holes for legs. I used a hot glue gun to glue the pipe cleaners to the inside of the cup.
These Spooky Spiders are easy to make even with toddlers! They can do most of the work just remember to have an adult use the hot glue gun to attach the pipe cleaners. They make great classroom decorations that the children can participate in instead of store bought decorations.