: A blog of inspirations & updates from my life as an artist, educator and human being.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Be Nice to Spiders
Be Nice to Spiders was on it's way to the dump from a closing library, but ended up in the safe haven of the art room. It's a great book to teach children (and adults!) the important role spiders play in our world.
Following Be Nice to Spiders the Kindergarten's spun their own webs rolling a marble coated in tempera paint over their cut out matboard circle in a pie tin.
Then, we studied the anatomy of the spider, and created one of our own (some scary, others whimsical.) The girls in the class enjoyed creating a pattern for their spider's, using construction paper, while the boys were more interested in creating fangs. Each spider had a personality of it's own! We threaded the string through the web so the spider could move up and down "spinning" it's web.