Saturday, September 29, 2012

An Enchanted Childhood Playschool ~ The Very Busy Spider

This week we read The Very Busy Spider (Board Book), again by Eric Carle.  We discussed that spiders have eight legs and are NOT insects, but arachnids.  We sang (of course) The Itsy Bitsy Spider.  In addition, we read Up, Up, and Away, a sweet book about the life cycle of spiders.

Monday we did a cute "lacing" project.. it was a lot of fun!

The turned out better than I expected.
Idea for this project came from here!

Not so on Wednesday, though...

At 6:30am, I (NanaKerri) used glue to make spiderwebs on NINE sheets of cardstock. The wet, white webs promised to look great when they dried (and they did).  But guess what... 10:00 came.. time for Art... webs still wet. Really? So with the kids finishing their snacks and expecting "a project" as they like to say, we desperately searched our minds and the craft closet for a solution... brown and black paints applied with q-tips and cotton balls.. (desperate, I tell ya!) The big secret is to act like you know what you are doing!

And since they have eight legs, they are SPIDERS, not ticks like they look like haha!

Thursday we painted wooden spiders I bought at Joann's.... see if you see the problem with these sweet little spiders... but after spending $5 on them I was NOT throwing them out...

Finally Friday, we were able to paint the "glue" spider webs (which had taken over 12 hours to dry).
As the paint dries, the web shows up more and more.  We added a fingerprint spider to each web!

Despite the additional Circle Time, Table Time, and CreativeTime, we still make time to go outside for 1-1.5 hours each morning.  The garden is still a favorite place to visit.  Poppaw John has a 2nd planting of carrots ready for the children, with a third planting just coming up now.

 The boys beg for kale.. really!

So another week has flown by.  It was a good week...
full of fun, with a few minor frustrations, plenty of playful learning, and good outside time!

*The books we read are linked to Amazon, where if purchased through the link, I receive a small fee (So far never have, but maybe someday! lol)

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  1. Loving those spiders and webs, I reckon they would have looked fab all hung up outside too! I have serious carrot envy, none of mine made it yet yours look wonderful. Such a great way to discover veg for the children.

  2. Great improvising! The webs are a very cool effect, once dry!

    Spiders with ten legs, wow! :)

    1. Thank you and YES TEN legs... what???? I even tried cutting them off but neither the scissrs nor the little sharp pliers would work. grrrr.....

  3. Great spider theme! I especially love your web painting! We may nab it for halloween!

  4. I love all of the spider ideas. I'm going to include the plate idea and glue web idea next week when we do spiders.

  5. What fun projects and great pics! I think my 2 1/2 yr old would like these :) Stopping by from the Super Link Party :)


  6. Oh, what fun!! I love your improvising! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  7. What a bunch of wonderful activities! And great rolling with the punches on the craft. My big sister kindergarten teacher is fond of saying, "Smile and fake it!" LOL!

  8. I love all of your spider ideas! You did a great job of thinking on your feet. Thank you so much for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I am going to share this post on the Read.Explore.Learn Facebook page tonight.

  9. Love the spider paper plate project

  10. What fun activities! Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

  11. Great spider theme (and I hate spiders!)...and what is up with those spider legs??? Weird!

    Thanks for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land!!

  12. Ooh I love that paper plate spider's net. What a great idea.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty.


  13. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Tots. I love the lacing spider web activity. I am featuring your post this week on In Lieu of Preschool: Off to pin now! Thanks again for sharing!! :)

  14. What a CLEVER craft for the Very Busy Spider! Love it!

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you linked up again on Friday,
    Beth =-)