Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Itsy Bitsy Spider......

Spiders. Yum. Two words you don't normally put in the same sentence. But today we did. Ben and his mom made spiders from Hostess Ding Dongs, complete with eyes and legs. It was a struggle to get a picture of them with their treats before everyone ripped the legs out and started devouring the cute spider.
We had lots of ways we learned about spiders. One of them was to talk about what they already know. Eight legs, eight eyes. Hobos, webs, daddy longlegs. Children are so observant and eager to see, feel, and learn more.

As Zachary put it, all the spiders at his house are dead--because they came and sprayed for them. Isn't it amazing how aware and cognizant these kids are of what's going on around them? Spiders. This is the only time of year that I love them. We started our discussion today about spiders with the famous "Itsy Bitsy Spider" song. It's fun to hear how everyone sing it together because they all know it. Then we made a cute craft to go with the song. They colored their "house" and cut it out. Then we turned a bendy straw into the "spout" by stapling it to the house. Spider rings were added so that they could slide up and down the spout between the staples. So as they sang their song, they were able to do the visual demonstration with their spiders. So cute. Some of the kids enhanced their pictures by adding suns and trees. Very thoughtful, don't you think?
We made cute
spiders from pom poms and chenille stems. They decorated the spider legs with colorful beads. Simple spider webs were made by taking a white crayon and having them draw one on black paper. Spiders make the most amazing and beautiful webs. We used the webs from the Spider and the Fly story as our visual illustration of what they should look like.

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