Spider Puppet - Paper Plate

   2 paper plates
   black construction paper cut in eight 1" x 12" strips
   1 old sock
   markers, scissors, crayons, stapler

Directions: Draw a face on the toe of the sock for the spider's head. Decorate the paper plates to be the front and back of the spider's body. Bend the strips of paper back and forth in accordion style. Staple four legs to each side of the plate as shown. Leave an opening in the top and bottom so you can insert the sock. Use the puppet to sing:

      The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.
      Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
      Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.
      And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

Spider Puppet

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Adaptations: Act out "Little Miss Muffet" with the spider puppet. One child can be Little Miss Muffet and another can be the spider.

Write stories about spiders and then put them together in a "web" book made from paper plates.

Find four facts about spiders in a book or on the internet. Here is a place to start.

Sing this song to the tune of "Frerer Jacques."

       I am busy, (Children repeat each line.)
       The spider said. (Children repeat.)
       Very, very busy, (Children repeat.)
       Spinning my web. (Children repeat.)

Web Book

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