Spider Theme




Books

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti - Gerald McDermott
Be Nice To Spiders - Margaret Bloy Graham
I Love Spiders - John Parker
Stellaluna - Janell Cannon
The Eentsy Weentsy Spider : Fingerplays & Action Rhymes - Beverly Collins
The Itsy Bitsy Spider - Iza Trapani
The Itsy Bitsy Spider: Classic Verse and Rhymes - Jenny Press (Illustrator)
The Roly Poly Spider - Jill Sardegna
The Very Busy Spider - Eric Carle


Songs, Poems, Stories, & Fingerplays

The Spider Poem

Spiders are not insects
Spiders have eight legs.
Spiders have four pairs of eyes
Spiders hatch from eggs!

Spider webs are sticky
Spiders weave them tight
Spiders spin that silky string
Spiders weave webs right!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

The Spider Spins A Web - sung to "The Farmer In The Dell"

The spider spins a web.
The spider spins a web.
Round, round, up and down,
The spider spins a web.

Additional verses:
She spins it in and out.
She spins it back and forth.
She spins it good and strong.


Arts & Crafts

Spider Suckers

Wrap black pipe cleaners around the base of the sucker (the bottom of the round part where it attaches to the stick) You want to wrap this so that there are 4 legs on each side. Then glue wiggly eyes on the body of the spider. Bend the legs to hold the sucker up from the table. These are adorable and make great party favors. Easy for kids to make as part of a party idea also.

~Submitted by Bev

Spaghetti Cobwebs

Materials:
Cooked Spaghetti (cold)
White glue
Wax paper

Have the children dip the spaghetti into the glue and arrange the pieces onto the wax paper. When the spaghetti dries, carefully peel the "cobweb" off of the wax paper. What a neat sensory activity for the kids! Add a small plastic or paper spider, if desired. Hang from the ceiling or against a window!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Spider Hats

Make a black band out of construction paper to fit the child's head. The children cut 8 strips of black paper for legs. These are glued so they go up out of the top of the band. Each leg is bent down to make a knee and at the end up to make a foot. Make eyes (buttons, small yarn pom poms, construction paper, markers, crayons, etc.) and a mouth on the front to the band. These don't have to be made these black, after all spiders come in many colors. Wear your spider hats while doing this group activity: Spider Web--Sit in a large circle. One child is selected as the spider and given a large ball of string. S/he goes across the circle and handed the end to a child who had to hold on tightly to it-then the spider criss-crossed the circle until each child was holding onto the string. Then stand up and you're all holding a giagantic spider web.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Spider & Web: Puffy Paint Cobwebs

Mix equal parts of flour, salt, and water in a large bowl. Pour the mixture into squeeze bottles. Give each child a black paper plate or a piece of black construction paper. Let the children squeeze the white puffy paint onto the black paper. When the puffy paint dries, it will look like glittery spider webs. Then add a cut-out or plastic spider to the web.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Spider

Draw around the child's hands on black construction paper. Cut out the hands, cutting off the thumbs. Place the hands one palm on top of the other with fingers going out to both sides. Palms are the body, fingers the legs. Glue together. Add two gummed paper reinforcements for eyes. These are cute either hanging from a string from the ceiling or glued on a sheet of paper with a spider web (glue drizzled and dried for a shinny finish). Hope this all makes sense.

~Submitted by Ruth in NY

Spider Web

Supplies:
~Black Construction Paper
~White Paint
~Scissors
~Round, Metal Cake Pan or Pie Pan
~Marble

Cut a piece of construction paper to fit into the bottom of the cake pan. Place about a half teaspoon of white paint in the middle of the paper. Drop the marble into the cake pan and tilt the pan back and forth. As the marble passes through the paint it leaves trails of white on the paper. (You can also have the kids glue plastic spiders on their pictures when they are dry!)

~Submitted by Paulette



Theme Ideas

Spiders

A spider spins a silk thread, called a dragline, behind itself wherever it goes. It relies on the dragline to help it escape from danger by dropping quickly out of reach of the threat. The spider can climb back along its dragline after the threat has passed. To prepare a dragline for your little arachnid actors to use, tape one end of a 30-yard length of yarn to a toilet-paper tube. Wrap the yarn around the tube. Slide the tube onto a narrow belt. Then arrange an obstacle course using chairs, tables, stools, plastic cones, and other small furnishings. Loosely fasten the belt around the waist of a volunteer with the tube of yarn (the dragline) positioned near the middle of the child's back. Explain that the child will crawl on the floor pretending to be a spider as he negotiates the obstacle course. Have another child hold the loose end of the dragline at the beginning of the course. As the spider moves, his dragline will unroll, leaving a trail along the obstacle course. At the end of the course, remove the belt from the child's waist. Have him wind the yarn back onto the tube as he retraces his path.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



In The Kitchen

Spiderweb Munch

Serves: Makes 12 to 16 servings

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTL� � TOLL HOUSE � Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
1/3 cup powdered sugar
3 cups toasted rice, cereal

DIRECTIONS:
HEAT morsels and 3/4 cup peanut butter in small, heavy-duty saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth; remove from heat. Add sugar; stir vigorously until smooth.

PLACE cereal in large bowl. Add 1 cup melted chocolate mixture; stir until evenly coated. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Using small metal spatula, shape into 10-inch circle with slightly raised 1-inch-wide border. Pour remaining chocolate mixture in center of circle; spread to border.

FOR SPIDERWEB:
PLACE remaining peanut butter in small, heavy-duty plastic bag. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to pipe concentric circles on top of chocolate. Using wooden pick or tip of sharp knife, pull tip through peanut butter from center to border. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. Cut into wedges.

~Submitted by Nicole in Iowa

Spider Cookies

Use a permanent marker to personalize a foil square for each child. Place a 1/4 inch thick slice of refrigerated cookie dough on each childs square. Direct each child to break four pretzel sticks in half and press eight halves into opposite sides of the slice. Have each child then press two M&M's into his slice to resemble eyes. Place child's foil squares and cookies on a tray and bake according to directions.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Peanut Butter & Jelly Filled Spiders

3 tbsps reduced fat peanut butter
3 tbsps strawberry jam
1 lb Frozen Bread Dough -- thawed

Prepare two baking sheets with cooking spray; set aside. In a small bowl, combine peanut butter and jam; set aside. Divide dough into sixteen equal pieces. It takes two pieces of dough to make one spider. To make spider, take one piece of dough, on a lightly floured surface, divide this piece into four equal pieces for spider's legs. Roll each of these pieces into thin ropes, each being eight inches long. Lay each of these ropes, parallel and equal in length to each other, half inch apart onto prepared baking sheet. For the spider's body, divide a second piece of dough, one twice as large as the other. On a floured surface, pat larger piece of dough with the palm of your hand to flatten. Place two teaspoons peanut butter and jam mixture onto center of circle. Bring ends of dough up together and seal seams. Gently roll this piece of dough into a ball; set aside. Roll smaller piece of dough in a round ball (this will be the spider's head). Place peanut butter filled body and head centered on top of the four ropes of dough. The spider should now have eight legs. Finish with remaining pieces of dough to make eight spiders. Let rise until doubled in size, one hour. Bake in a 375 degree oven for ten minutes, or until golden brown.

NOTES:
The Peanut Butter & Jelly Spiders are so cute and very good! They rise and turn a nice light brown while baking. They will make a hit with kids because of the shape and the filling.

~Submitted by Jennifer in CA


Links

Spider Crafts - Enchanted Learning
Spider Crafts - FamilyCorner.com
Spider Theme - First-School
The Legend of the Christmas Spider - Greg's Home Page
Along Came A Spider - Kinder Korner
Spider Art - Perpetual Preschool
Spider Arts & Crafts - Preschool Education
Spectacular Spiders - Preschool Express
Miss Spider's Birthday Party Planner - Scholastic
Spider/Insect Unit - Teachers.net
The Very Busy Spider - The Official Eric Carle Web Site


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