Do your kids love The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle? Are you looking for an activity to extend this book? If you are, try this The Very Busy Spider Craft. This is one of my favorite types of crafts for preschool kids, because it not only involves creativity and imagination, but it also strengthens a child’s fine motor skills.
The Very Busy Spider Craft
What you need for The Very Busy Spider Craft:
- Paper plate
- Single hole puncher
- Brown yarn
- 2 Pom Poms, preferably in red and green to truly recreate the spider on the book
- 1 Pipe cleaner, preferably in red or orange
How to make The Very Busy Spider Craft:
- Punch holes all around the paper plate.
- Thread brown yarn through one hole and tie a knot.
- Cut the pipe cleaner into 8 equal parts.
Now it’s the child’s turn…
- Let your child thread the brown yarn across and through the holes of the paper plate. Threading is an excellent fine motor activity, which prepares them for writing.
- When your child is done creating the web, apply glue onto one pom pom, then stick 4 pipe cleaners on it (2 on each side). Then carefully glue this on top of the web. Do the same with the other pom pom.
And that’s it! The Very Busy Spider Craft that will keep preschool kids preoccupied for a long time. Not only a great story book extension. Not only great for fine motor skills and creativity. But it’s also very easy to prepare and does not create a lot of mess.
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And if you’re looking for more threading activities for kids, try this Letter W Craft for Preschoolers. It’s a fine motor and letter recognition activity.
This is part of the Book Inspired Crafts & Activities series hosted by Raising Little Superheroes. Visit her page to find more activities & crafts for preschool that are all inspired by books.
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