Fuzzy and gold; Can you say arachnid?
Gold leaf, shredded money and other fun sticky pieces give each spider a special personality. Use yarn to make it dangling if you wish.
Materials needed: scissors, containers for shredded money and sand
Social Studies: How are spiders regarded in different cultures? In what parts of the world do they live?
Language Arts: Read some folk tales from Africa and the Caribbean about Anasi. Write an original story about your spider.
Science: Is a spider an insect? Why or why not? What are likenesses and differences from insects? Web weaving spiders are really interesting--how do they make their web? How does a spider not get caught in its own web?
Math: Is a spider symmetrical? Is a spider web symmetrical? Are there even or odd main lines on a web? How would that influence the strength? How much does a spider need to eat for its weight? If you were a spider, how much would you need to eat?
Art: How could you recreate a spider web? Could you weave, draw, stamp? Study how it is supported on all sides and relate that to man-made sculptures.
Ages 3 and up
CHOKING HAZARD: Contains small parts. Not suitable for children under 3 years of age.