Read: The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Craft: Raised Salt Painting - inspired by the blog One Perfect Day. As you read the book this week you will notice that the spiderweb is raised in the book! This art activity will mimic the art in the book. Put your paper on the cookie sheet. Depending on your child's age, either you or they squirt liquid glue on the page, trying to make it look like a spiderweb. Next you pour salt all over the paper. After you have covered the paper, shake it off onto the cookie sheet so you can save it and use it on another project. In spare cups, make colored water using water and food coloring. Using an eye dropper, squirt a few drops of colored water on the salt and watch as the color travels on its own down the line of salt/glue!
- black or white construction paper
- liquid glue
- food coloring
- eye dropper(s)
- cookie sheet
- plastic cups
Normally I come up with my own extension activities but I saw these two things on pinterest and I fell in love with them and had to share!
- Create a spiderweb on the floor with painters tape. You could also do this outside with sidewalk chalk. Check out this post from The Artful Child for some great ideas of things to do with the spiderweb.
- Create a paper plate and yarn spiderweb. One of my favorite blogs Teach Preschool did this here.
- Research facts about spiders. Go to the library and pick up some nonfiction books about spiders. Why would spiders be helpful on a farm? (They help eat insects that would annoy both animals and people!)