How many creepy, crawly spiders have you seen this summer?
Materials: YouTube, paper plate, yarn or string, scissors, a hole punch, a bead and/or a pipe cleaner and tape.
Main Learning Outcomes: Developing fine motor skills and early literacy skills.
(1) First, sit together with your child to read the story, “The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle. If you don’t have the book at home, you can listen to it by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEGqru5vqsQ
(2) For our spiderweb, start by cutting out the inside circle of a paper plate (leave about a 1.5-2 inch rim around the outside of the plate. Then take a hole punch and punch holes around the inside rim of the plate. Cut a long piece of string or yarn and tape one end of it to the back side of the plate to hold its place. Then start threading the string through the holes running it across the plate. When you are about half-way through, string a bead (optional) and tie it in the string to represent a bug caught in the web. Once all the holes are threaded, tie or tape the end of the string so it doesn’t come undone. If you have a pipe cleaner, shape it into a spider and attach it to the web.
For toddlers, tape the end of the string or yarn to make it stiffer (like the end of a shoelace).