GREAT BIG GIANT SPIDER
|This cooperative spider makes a fun October
decoration indoors or out. Have your children stuff a
black plastic trash bag with crumpled newspaper to create
a giant spider body. Cut eight strips from another black
trash bag and help the children tape them to the spider
body for legs. To complete, use reflective tape or aluminum
foil to create the spider's eyes.
|For each of your children,
cut slits around the rim of a sturdy paper plate and tape
a long piece of black yarn to the back. Invite the children
to pass the yarn through the slits and weave it back and
forth across their plates for webs. (Tie on more yarn
as needed.) As a final touch, give the children black
pompoms to glue onto their webs for spiders.
Make counters for the number 8 with your children. For each
child, draw eight thin lines on a piece of paper to represent
single spider webs hanging from a ceiling. Have the children
stamp one thumbprint at the bottom of each web for a spider
body. Then have them draw eight legs on each spider. Together,
count the webs, the spiders, and the number of legs on each
spider. Then label each paper with an 8.
- Recite "Little Miss Muffet" and
let your children act out the rhyme.
- Teach your children the fingerplay "Eensy
- Fashion a spider puppet for each child by
taping a small strip of paper stamped with a
spider print around his or her fingertip. Make
up some spider stories
|LEARNING ABOUT SPIDERS
- Display picture books that show various kinds of
- Discuss how you can tell if a bug is a spider or
not. (Spider have eight legs; insects have six.)
- Bring in a spider in for your children to observe.
Carefully release it at the end of the day.
- Look outdoors for a spider web no longer in use.
Capture it on black paper coated with wet hairspray.