Creepy Crawlies-easy craft for kids

Teaching first and second grade for 25+ years taught me a few things. When I was a young lady little girl brat sister I lived on a farm, and my room was just above the outside water spout. And, well, you know the song. Every spider on the farm seemed to come up the water spout and into my room. Now, I was scared mortified of spiders and would scream for my brothers to come in and kill them immediately! Fortunately, after developing and teaching spider unit after spider unit in October of every year for 25+ years, I learned that spiders are usually very helpful and there are few poisonous spiders in our area. Whew! Because this is what I found in our garage last week.

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My brothers are hundreds of miles away, now, and I really wanted to prove a point to my husband who says he sprays and we have no spiders in our garage. I also wanted to practice what I preach teach and not kill the helpful arachnid, so I grabbed a container and captured that huge, scary, thing. He lost a leg in the process, but then I remembered that spiders can just grow a new one…no surgery required. Well, that brings me to the point of this ramble (post.) Uh-huh…you thought I had forgotten.

Here are directions for the easiest Halloween fall authentic learning display ever!

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For each child you will need:

5 inch circle of black construction paper

3 inch circle of black construction paper

8 black construction paper rectangles   ½ inch by 8 inches

Scissors

Glue

It helps to pre-cut (have volunteers slave over) the circles and rectangles. Hand out both circles and demonstrate how to fold in half and again in half to determine the center line of each circle.

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Have students unfold each circle and cut to the center along one of the fold lines on each circle.

Next, show students how to make a slight cone shape by sliding one edge of the cut circle under the adjacent edge and gluing it down. This is a good time to sing the Eensie Weensie Spider song  while holding the glued sides together while they dry.

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This is also a perfect time to review spider facts. Spiders have only two body parts instead of the three that insects have. The age of your students will determine if you want to call the larger circle a chest and abdomen or a cephalothorax.

Now, for the legs; should there be six like an insect? Of course not. Spiders have eight legs. Students may choose to fold each leg accordion style, but I prefer the more realistic scarier kind made by a few simple bends.

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Oops! Do not do this. The legs should all be attached behind the head. Direct students to turn the spider on its back and glue 4 legs to each side of the head.

These spiders look great attached to some monofilament fishing line hanging from the classroom ceiling or on a blue bulletin board background with white paint webs. But they look SPOOKTACULAR when stuck to fake spider web from your local craft store that has been draped in the corners of the classroom.

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Add the eyes or other spider parts if you want. Kind of looks like the creepy spider from my garage, no?

Repurposed yard sale find

 

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So I found this item at a garage sale. Since the mirror was beside it, I naturally assumed it was an old dresser. I’m not very good terrible at bargaining, but I did conjure up the nerve to ask if the $19.00 price tag included both pieces. The nice man obviously had no idea, but the place was suddenly filled overrun with customers and the wife was busy. “Sure. Why not?” he answered.

My husband, the garage sale saint, loaded it first and only later asked what I planned to do with it. When I explained that our son had been looking for a mirror for his dresser and I thought this would be perfect, he had no objections.  The son did. It was not at all what he had in mind. We work together like that a lot, he and I. By that time, I did not care. I got a good look at the piece and determined that it was an antique something or other to which someone had attached some chunky sturdy, solid oak doors…those heavy, ugly things from the eighties.

With a few turns of the screws, I had those babies off with plans of turning one of them into a serving tray (the pulls were perfect for tray handles) and the other into a picture frame. Never mind that for now, because I was left with the cutest little sideboard and visions of a Pottery Barn antique black finish. If I’d had an inkling I’d be blogging, I would have taken a before picture. But, here is the after:

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I love it so much that I am procrastinating about taking it to the flea market. I can see it in a nursery (along with the rocking chair I finished to match) holding blankets, sleepers, diapers and cutesy baby things or in a bathroom with a vessel sink on top and linens underneath. Or maybe it should go in a dining room with Toile instead of chevron and fine vintage china or stoneware inside. How would you use this little darling?