Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Spiders!


 When Butterfly was working on her Fall Lapbook she got excited about the spider activities in it!  I love child-led learning experiences.  Our morning went totally off course and the Lapbook didn't get finished, but a whole study of Spiders and a new craft came out of it!  

We looked up spider webs online, and studied what a web looks like and how it's made.  We did some free drawing on the easel, as everything that Butterfly learns and imagines, she has to draw it out! (love that!)  She even sparked the idea of drawing flies caught in the webs for spider food!  So we drew together, combining our drawings, while singing- yes, that's right- The Eensy Weensy Spider.




I remembered seeing Teach Preschool do an awesome Spider Web craft!  So we gathered some supplies and made a web as well!  (Excuse the princess party plate- it's the only paper plate I had on hand :)
I cut grooves around the plate so Butterfly can wind yarn around to spin a web!  Then she had an idea to use mini pom poms as the bugs and flies trapped in the web for her spider to eat!


While the pom poms were out, we decided to make another cute spider!  By this time, Butterfly knew the fact down pat that spiders have 8 legs!


I used a hot glue gun to put this spider together once the colours were chosen.


Then we decided to make a bigger one out of styrofoam balls!


And Butterfly poked in the eight pipe cleaner legs.


And now Butterfly says she has a Spider Family on her new web, that's full of fresh bugs for them to eat!



We searched on Youtube and watched this Discovery Channel video on Spiders, which fascinated her! (as I tried not to show my cringed disgusted feelings over the hairy legged graphic video!)


Did you know that the only place on Earth that doesn't have spiders is Antarctica?  
Got Arachnophobia? Bundle up! :)


The awesome Spider activity pack in our Fall Lapbook, from 2 Teaching Mommies, is what sparked all of this interest today in our child-led spontaneous learning lesson!



Isn't Homeschooling fabulous?!!


3 comments:

  1. Yay - so excited to see you tried the spider web. I love those cute spiders you made. I am going to have to revisit spiders again in our classroom for sure now!

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  2. I LOVE your spiderweb plate!! That is so cute & clever =-) THanks for linking up to TGIF Linky Party. I can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    Beth

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  3. What a fun idea! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase

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