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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Spaghetti Spider Web and Handprint Spider

This is another activity we did last year, perfect for October. It accompanied one of his favorite books at the time, Eric Carle’s The Very Busy Spider

CREATING THE WEB: I decided to do this last minute since I had all the materials on hand anyway (anyone notice a trend here...we do A LOT of last minute activities!). All you need is cooked spaghetti, glue, and wax paper. Dip the spaghetti into the glue and then lay it onto the wax paper. When finished, let the glue dry completely and then peel it off the wax paper. It’s possible we used too much glue since after J was finished, I went back and drop some glue on the spots where the spaghetti overlapped.  The extra glue did help the “web” stick together, but made it hard to remove from the wax paper.  Obviously J's web is quite sporadic and not at all symmetrical, but boy did he have fun!

CREATING THE SPIDER: We traced J's handprints on black paper and then I helped him cut them out (removing the thumbs). J glued the palm portion of the handprints on top of each other, creating the spider's body and legs.  Next J glued black sponge curlers onto the spider body (you could use black pompoms).   The last step was adding the googly eyes.

J loved this activity, especially making the web. It was really easy but quite unique.

Becca also blogs at Fun and Engaging Activities for Toddlers.

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