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Monday, October 26, 2009

Spectacular Spiders

Today we devoted the whole day to those creepy, crawly critters that can be found at every turn this time of year. I even had one drive with me to Wal Mart today--yes he kept his distance! Oh yeah, I'm talking about spiders.

My day was totally planned out for me by two great sites that I have come across in my blogging adventures. Many activities today came from Tara's Bo Curriculum at The Itty-Bitty Bookworm.

Our craft today was from Creative and Curious Kids. I came across this last year and the webs turn out so beautifully. What doesn't look great with glitter on it?

Thanks Tara and Jen for making it a great day.

What did we actually do today? Well first I read a great little book with lots of spider information that I got from The Itty-Bitty-Bookworm Bo Curriculum. Then another activity on there was to make a chart to see how many children were afraid of spiders. I used the chart from the lesson, then had the children glue a colored paper under the correct response.

On one of our tables I had printed out some webs from the plan and wrote a number and amount of dots in the center of the. Since I am working with the three-year-olds. I only did the numbers one through five. Then in the center I had a bowl of plastic spiders and the children put the correct number of spiders in the web.

Finally we made a big spider for the classroom. Again, this came from Tara's lesson plan. We took a large trash bag and had the children stuff it with newspaper. We tied in off and I had cut out eight legs and made two big eyes. After the bag was full we attached the legs and eyes and we had our very own pet spider. Oooooooo.

Jen's glitter spider webs enhanced our day by just the sheer magic of glitter. I gave the children a bottle of glue and let them draw a web. Then they picked their color of glitter and sprinkled it(or poured it) on the glue. After the web was revealed a small spider got added to it. The looks of amazement when that extra glitter falls off will never cease to cause me enjoyment.

We finished the day by reading the book "Itsy Bitsy Spider," by Keith Chapman, illustrated by Jack Tickle. In this story a spider is swooshed by the wind and takes a wild ride from one farm animal to another. I read this last year and it's fun.

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The Activity Mom said...

I really like the numbered webs!

Deborah Stewart said...

The stuffed spider is awesome! Tara's lesson plans look like they are terrific.

Jen said...

Yeah, I'm so glad that the kids enjoyed the glitter spider webs! Looks like such a fun day.

Creative and Curious Kids!

always young at heart said...

thanks for the great spider activities. I love the ideas of graphing who doe/doesn't love spiders.