iPhoneography // Spider Activities

Today at Bright Minds we focused on spiders. Our key concepts included the fact that spiders are not insects {they eat often eat insects}, spiders have 8 legs, spiders spin webs of silk, and those webs help them to catch food.  We started the class with a really fun activity where we passed a huge ball of white wool back and forth across a circle, unraveling it and  having the kids hold onto the yarn tightly as we went.  The result was a giant collaborative spider web that I then flew giant insect figurines through in order to illustrate how spiders collect their food.

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Afterwards, we created our own spider webs using hole-punched paper plates and yarn, and then made handprint spiders like we do each year at Halloween to attach them.  {This is Grae’s spider and she is a girl, fyi.}

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Afterwards, the munchkins had two play dough stations they could explore.  Miss G chose this one first.

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Here’s the very leggy spider she created.

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Afterwards, she moved onto one of our very favourite play dough games, imprint matching, this time with all sorts of creepy crawlies.

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She and a few friends worked together until they’d made all of the matches, then smushed up the imprint pancakes and made new ones for each other afterwards.

It was a great class and we’re looking forward to learning all about lady bugs next week!

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