On Tuesday when the children arrived, they found several new activities in the classroom. There was a spider web with hanging strands for insect-wrapping.
The water tub had a water spout for spiders to climb up and cups and cauldrons for washing them out. On Thursday we added spiders inside of ice cubes. Children sprinkled salt and sprayed water to liberate them.
The light table was covered with a web containing real insects for the children to observe along with the toy spiders for playing with.
The play dough/self-help table had "spidery" items along with the items that are always available. (In the 3rd photo you can see that the ever-popular dinosaurs came out to play with the spiders). The pony bead/spider bracelets provided a little variety at a station typically filled with glue and collage work.
There were a variety of spiders with clothespin legs for children to add according to matching attributes (shapes, colors, numbers, etc.)
Our parent-led activities for the week included a spider ring counting game and spider/pumpkin patterning. Part of the spider ring station included a "Do You Like Spiders?" graph activity.
Our other parent-led projects were painting spider webs over tape to create pieces with positive/negative space, and building/baking spider biscuits.
Of course there were many spider stories and songs to sing. Here the children are acting out the song, "There's a Spider on the Floor" as spiders crawl up their bodies.
Even though there were spiders everywhere during our week of creepy-crawly fun, there were lots of other things going on as well. The children had fun repeating some of the apple activities from the previous week.
They are always welcome to pull out their familiar favorites and we are beginning to notice more cooperative play taking place, which is great to see!
As I write this blog, most of the spiders in the classroom have been replaced with monsters and pumpkins, but we still have a few not-so-eensy-weensy friends hanging around in our hallway...