To make imitation blood, boil together ½ cup water, 1 tsp. instant coffee, 1 tsp. yellow food coloring, and 2 tsp. red food coloring. Separately mix a paste with 2½ tsp. flour and 2 tsp. of water; stir the paste into the boiling water. Cool and stir in ½ tsp. of liquid detergent. Pour on a rag wrapped around an arm.
To preserve a snakeskin, rub the inside with steel wool and borax to remove all meat. Let dry overnight, and paint with automobile antifreeze; the treated skin will be pliable and fairly strong.
A craft that dates back only to the 1960’s is making prints of spider webs. An interesting web can be sprayed with paint and allowed to dry. A piece of wood or card-board is then held against the back of the web, and the front is sprayed with a plastic sealer.