Thursday, October 8, 2009

stART- The Very Busy Spider


I recently came across stART (Story + Art = A Great stART) on A Mommy's Adventures.  As a former elementary school teacher I love it.  My son and I check out books from the library all the time, and they are always related to what he is interested in or what is happening in our lives.  So, I love being able to take the story and use it to come up with an art activity for Lil'man to do.

This week one of our library books was The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.  This story is about a spider who is busy spinning her web.  Lots of farm animals try to get her to do something with them, but she is just too busy.  My son really loved the different farm animals, but he also loved the fact that he could feel the web the spider was spinning.

For our art project we recreated the spiders web.

Now there was some prep work on my part, but it was well worth it.  To prep for this you will need blue finger paint, a black crayon and...

Create a spider web using the glue gun on the finger painting paper.  Set aside to cool and dry.  While you wait have your child color the brown construction paper with a black crayon.  It adds texture to your fence posts. (I cut mine first and it was harder for him to color it.)

Then bring the spider web over and add a glob of blue finger paint.  Let you child spread the blue paint around, while feeling the bumpy spider web. While they are doing this, cut 4 strips from the brown construction paper for the fence posts.

Once the painting drys, have your child glue on the fence post and pom poms for the spiders head and body.  Using the permnant marker, add two eyes and 8 legs. (Now the perfectionist mother that I am, I cut off all the extra paper that didn't have any blue covering it and straightened his fence post.  I know shame on me.)  Have fun.

If you like what you have seen here, then go check out what others have done at A Mommy's Adventure.

Have fun.

12 comments:

  1. The spider web turned out really nice. I wouldn't have thought to use a glue gun to create texture - thanks for sharing.

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  2. This is awesome! Love this book. Your spider web idea/project is so fun!

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  3. Awesome!! My son loves texture, finger painting & Eric Carle stories...I am gonna try this out. And as a bonus it fits for Halloween too!

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  4. This is such a great idea. We might have to do this at my house next.

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  5. This turned out really pretty - I love the bright blue web. I wish I didn't dislike spiders quite as much as I do :)

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  6. Neat idea. I think I'll give it a try next week.

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  7. Great project! D would love it!

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  8. Great project! We haven't read that book yet :)

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  9. Love that author! The web and spider turned out great! =)

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  10. What a great idea for this project! Thank you for linking up:0)

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