A favorite activity among preschoolers and their teachers is creating prints with objects not typically used for painting. Sometimes we make truck tracks by zooming toy cars through paint and other times we dip dinosaur toy feet to create prehistoric foot prints. The class was delighted and surprised to find bugs (and one bat) available to dip in paint and press on their paper.
I tied a pipe cleaner around the spiders so that children who do not care to be covered in paint can still maneuver the bug in paint and keep their hands clean. It is more difficult to manipulate an object that is hanging so the kids mostly just used their hands anyway.
They made some really cool prints and we used warm fall colors. Our bulletin board showcased all the creepy, crawly fun that they had!