Very Busy Spider Webs: art by children

October 12, 2010

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This is our requirement for art projects:

1. It must be low maintenance for the teacher!!! Remember our waddlee-ah-chaa philosophy: keep it simple!

2. It must be hands-on and open-ended, allowing the children to be creative and unique.

These Very Busy Spider Webs make us smile. Look at this display. Each one is perfect in its very own way. And none of them look the same! Yeah for Miss Trisha, a wonderful teacher.

Very Busy Spider Webs Art Project:

Materials: Black sheet of construction paper, cotton balls, chalk, yarn, glue stick, goggle eyes.

The Very Busy Spider

Step One: Read aloud The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.

Step Two: Mini Lesson on Spiders. After reading the book to her Pre-K class, the teacher gave a quick mini-lesson on spiders and the webs that they spin.

Step 3: Mini-Lesson on Art Materials and Project Concept. Here’s the tricky part. The teacher modeled the art project concept through a little mini-lesson; however, she kept it open-ended enough so each child was free to create their very own web and spider.

What a web! And how about those eight legs? Every child was as busy as “The Very Busy Spider,” with this open-ended art activity.

*the children first drew the webs and then added the spiders.

We are GIVING AWAY an awesome nonfiction spider book in our “at school” section: Spiders by Nic Bishop.

Head on over and leave a comment and you’re entered to win! That’s it. Really, you’re going to want this book for homeschool or the classroom.

Life with Joyce


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Alice October 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm

I love this site, I get so many good ideas here! I see the very busy spider on our schedule in the near future!

maryanne October 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I love your criteria for art projects – sounds like my approach!

Alice October 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Here’s how our project turned out. We went the route of rainbow pom-poms instead of white cotton balls because that’s just how we roll!!

Deb Chitwood @ Living Montessori Now October 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I LOVE your philosophy! Those webs make me smile, too! Great ideas for a fun, open-ended study of spiders.

amandab October 23, 2010 at 4:17 am

We love Eric Carle, and those are some lovely pictures :)

Christie - Childhood 101 October 25, 2010 at 7:43 am

The webs look so effective displayed in a group and I love that they allow every child to respond individually.

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