This week with the Virtual Book Club for Kids we read The Very Busy Spider. Eric Carle is one of our favorite authors so we are excited to kick off this week with this book and the spider theme. Here we are going to show you how we made a climbing spider toy which is a fun STEM craft. I originally saw an idea like this on Just Deanna and thought it would be fun to make our own spider version to go with the book!
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Featured Book: The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Make a Climbing Spider Toy:
Materials: This Spider and Web Printable, card stock paper, scissors, markers, string (I used embroidery thread), straws, clear tape.
First, print out the Spider and Web Printable on card stock paper. There are two pages. You likely only need the first page, but I included a page of additional spiders in case you want to make more like we did.
Next, color the spiders with markers or crayons. Big Bro liked to color the whole spider one color. Little Bro enjoyed making his spotted.
After the spiders are colored, cut them out. Also cut out the spider web.
Time to gather supplies.
Cut two pieces of straw that are about 1 inch each. Tape them parallel to each other to the back of the spider as shown below.
Next, cut a piece of sting about 3.5-4 feet long. Sting each end through the top of each straw and pull through.
Now you need to make the handles. Cut two more small pieces of straw, approx. half-an-inch. If you’re using a bendy straw, the “bendy” part works great for this. Just stretch it out, and cut it in half. When you pull the sting though and tie it, it makes a “U” shape which is a great handle.
That’s it! Now that your spider climbing toy is made, it’s time to play!
How to Play:
Start by hanging the top of the string over a door-knob. Next, tape the spider web onto the front of the door-knob. That way, it will look like the spider is climbing to its web.
To make the spider climb: Hold onto the handles, one it each hand, and pull hands slowly apart. The spider will move up to it’s web!
Sometimes the spider when on top of the web, and sometime it “hid” under it. It was fun to experiment with different angles, pulling speeds, different lengths of string, tying it to different things, etc.
Here’s some more fun of the fun:
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