Storytime Theme: Silly Spiders

I started this week’s storytime out talking about how scary spiders seem to some people.  I showed the kids this picture of a momma spider and her freshly hatched babies.   They are a little cute in a way….I know, I know….

We also took time to play with a web.  This web is made with a hula hoop and masking tape!

IMG_6786I let the kids feel the sticky side of the masking tape as they pretended to be bugs buzzing along.

Some bugs missed the sticky parts and others became dinner!

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I made this cute and easy “bug holder” out of a cup.

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My bugs were just pom-poms. 🙂

Books:

  • The Very Busy Spider  by Eric Carle (A classic must read!)
  • Miss Spider’s Tea Party  by David Kirk (This story has Miss Spider trying to throw a tea party, but everyone is scared of her.  By the end of the story, she has made new friends and shown everyone that spiders are not as mean as people think they are!)
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani  (This book features all three stanzas of the song by the same name.)
  • The Eensy Weensy Spider Freaks Out!  by Troy Cummings (It seems the spider experienced a trauma when she was washed out of that spout!  This story tells us what happens after the famous rain!)

Activity

Paper Plate Spiders:  This week we made two different types of paper plates spiders.

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The toddlers made a simpler version using construction paper for the legs and they got to add a piece of string representing the web coming out of the spinner.

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The PreK group had an additional challenge.  They were asked to do their legs accordion style!  This was great practice for their fine motor skills.  Of course, I showed them how to do so before dismissing to the craft tables and their parents were there to help and encourage!

Songs/Fingerplays:                                                                                                      

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This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!

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