Saturday, October 23, 2010

Aaaarrgghh! Spider!

Nathan and I recently read the book Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks.  It is a cute little book about a spider that wants to be a family's pet.  He tries to show them that he will keep himself clean by getting in the bathtub (but the mommy rinses him down the drain).  He tries to show them he will keep himself fed (but the family sweeps him and his webs out the door).  Then he decides that maybe he should just be an outside pet, and he spins lots of sparkly webs all over the family's trees.  They think it looks pretty, so they decide to make him their pet.  He's so happy that he decides to surprise his new family again .... and well, I don't want to ruin the ending for you, so you'll just have to read the book yourself.

Nathan and I made some sparkly webs of our own and a spider to live in the web.  I took some huge orange construction paper and gave Nathan the glue.  He made a web with the glue and then he used some silver glitter to make it sparkly.

Sure, I could have let him use a glitter glue pen (to help keep things neater), but where's the fun in that.  Half the fun of crafting is making a mess! (That's my philosophy, anyway) 

For the spider, I folded a sheet of black paper in half and traced his hand (don't trace the thumb).  I cut out the hand print and opened it to show Nathan that his spider now had eight legs.  He glued wiggly eyes on the face and then glued the spider to the web. 

Linking to Read Explore Learn....

Shibley Smiles
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