We started the week out by having a sensory tub filled with spiders and snakes!

*I used rice with a few black beans for color. (Truthfully I didn't want to spend $5 on 5 pounds of black beans, so instead paid $3 for 6 pounds of rice.)

*orange spiders
*black bats
*a few white skull heads 
*stretchy skeletons.
*stretchy skeletons cut into pieces
*googly eyes
*glow in the dark snakes

The hit of the tub were the glow in the dark snakes! We had a glow in the dark party in the laundry room while we ate our spooky snacks. I totally felt like I was four again!
We have been talking about the letter S this week for spiders snakes. So a hunt for spiders and webs was inevitable especially since we read:

by Doreen Cronin     pictures by Harry Bliss

All the adventurers wanted to find a daddy long legs after reading it. Sadly we weren't able to find one, one adventurer said, "I'm glad we didn't see one because it is SO big and might eat us."

This is my favorite spider web pic. We found this web inside an open circle cement post.

 The first spider sighting. 

I think this is a common garden spider.

This pic makes the spider look bigger than it really was.

 A different angle of the same spider web pictured above.

Spider webs on the old chicken coop not been used. 

The inside of the old chicken coop was filled with all 
sorts of webs. 

It was interesting to watch how some of the adventurers loved the spider hunt and how others never wanted to participate at all. 

I saw this idea for a tangled pumpkin on I can teach my child, and knew we could use this idea to make a spider web, perhaps like the one The Very Busy Spider made in Eric Carle's book.


We used :
  • ::wax paper
  • ::mod podge glue
  • ::black metallic paint
  • ::dark green yarn

*I put about 1/2 cup of mod podge with about 2/3 of paint from the small bottle, into a glass bowl and mixed it around until the color was dark grey. 
*I cut individual yarn spools (about 10-12 wraps around my hand).

*We used these plastic 2 section plates. In the small section I put in the paint mixture. 
*Then each adventurer dipped their small spool of yarn into the paint to get it gooey-oozy.
*They spread out the gooey yarn on the wax paper to let dry. 
*The yarn was dry enough when they came back 2 days later to pull it off the wax paper.

(Some adventurers made handprint spiders once they were done with the spider web.)

I love how they came out!

We made the foam spiders on the 2nd day once the webs were dry!

The spider web on the door leading outside.

To make the foam spider we used:
  • ::foam squares cut into circles with 4 whole punch holes on each side
  • ::pipe cleaners cut into 4ths
  • ::googly eyes
  • ::clear tacky glue

It's fun to mix and match the colored legs with the the red, orange, yellow or purple bodies.

We also put fangs on the front of these ones!

(Did you know that most spiders have 8 eyes??)

The book that we read with this spider art project was:
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

The adventurers enjoyed touching the web on each page and noticed how it became more and more complex.

This was our peanut butter playdough  spider snack!



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