Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Update those spider crafts with S.T.E.A.M.


Please let me introduce you to the
 Very Big and Very Busy Spider!

These gorgeous inspiring spiders were a Pinterest find and we tweaked them; of course!  Besides we had to talk about spider eyes...S.T.E.A.M. people!  Our inquiring kids deserve the truth on spider eyes.  It's cool stuff.

Eight legs and eight eyes for web-spinning spiders.  And you just know that everyone made a web-spinning spider because he was so bouncy with the white silky super strong yarn thread   

Jumping spiders have two eyes - and all the kids knew about jumping spiders!  Some spiders have 4 eyes, some 6 - and some have no eyes. 

*We used pastels a.k.a. colored chalks on 9x12 black construction paper to make the spider's  body.  BTW a 9x12 spider body is huge! 
*I had strips of purple and blue for the kids to fold in order to get the springing legs which we  taped on.  
*All those yellow eyes were secured with glue sticks. 
*I tipped each piece of yarn with tape and made a double knot on the other end
*We made a tiny slit on the top of the spider and pulled his silky thread through from  underneath.  That was sort of like a magic trick.  I kid you not.  These spiders came to life  once the yarn was attached.  

We did a few flannel stories including Black Cat, black cat, what do you see?  Oh my...look what the cat brought home - a jumping spider!  I still love that repeating thread in story time. It's not always a theme at Piper Loves the Library programming...but themes can be outstanding.

 I hope you know that we really love Eric Carle's The Very Busy Spider. 
But we might have to make him a few more eyes!

Holy smoking spider eyes!  There goes Batman!

P.S.(Piper Script): What? Were you expecting Spiderman?!  Check out these spiders...adorable!  Research told me that spider eyes come in equal numbers only.  Like I said's all about the S.T.E.A.M.

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1 comment:

  1. Adorable (and just a touch of creepy - perfect!) Thanks for sharing!


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