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"The Itsy Bitsy-Eensy Weensy Spider" Craft

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Do you teach your students “The Itsy Bitsy-Eensy Weensy Spider” nursery rhyme song? This is one of my students’ all time favorites.

itsy bitsy spider finger movements, itsy bitsy spider manipulatives, itsy bitsy spider craft, itsy bitsy spider activities, eensy weensy spider activities, eensy weensy spider craftsThe “finger plays” that I teach to go along with the song, are also a super-fun way to strengthen finger muscles and improve dexterity.

itsy bitsy spider finger movements, itsy bitsy spider manipulatives, itsy bitsy spider craft, itsy bitsy spider activities, eensy weensy spider activities, eensy weensy spider craftsAs another way to do that, I designed the aluminum foil, “spider & spout” craft, which is made out of an empty paper towel tube.

You can simply make one for yourself to introduce the rhyme, then put in a center, or do the craftivity as a whole group.

If your students are like mine, they will really enjoy making their own, and practicing the nursery rhyme using their “spider spout”. 

A note home at the beginning of the year, to "Please save empty paper towel tubes." will ensure you have enough.  Being an avid recycler, I personally save all sorts of things like this, with help from my family, so I always have a supply of "whatever" on hand.

itsy bitsy spider finger movements, itsy bitsy spider manipulatives, itsy bitsy spider craft, itsy bitsy spider activities, eensy weensy spider activities, eensy weensy spider craftsSo that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share, patterns come in both color, as well as black and white for students.

Each child's will be a bit different, as there are 10, cute spider graphics to choose from, as well as 6 kinds of rain clouds, along with 4 different sun circles.

itsy bitsy spider finger movements, itsy bitsy spider manipulatives, itsy bitsy spider craft, itsy bitsy spider activities, eensy weensy spider activities, eensy weensy spider craftsI set this up as an independent center; students come up and choose their “pieces & parts” then go back to their desks to complete.

Using a glue dot, or a piece of Scotch tape, attach the spider to the front of a cloth ponytail holder, and the rain cloud to the back. The sun is hinged at the top with a piece of Scotch tape.

As a whole group, slowly say each verse, as children manipulate the pieces to match what’s going on in the nursery rhyme.

Afterwards, partner kiddos up so they can take turns practicing once more. (Fun to do with a reading buddy too.)

As children become adept at moving the pieces easily and smoothly, repeat the rhyme one last time; going from super-slow to super-fast. 

Mothers day card, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, butterfly crafts, keepsake crafts, footprint craftsToday's featured FREEBIE is a sweet "keepsake" craftivity. As a mom, I absolutely loved when my children would bring an art project home that was extra special. 

With that in mind, as a teacher, I tried to do one of these "paper love" crafts each month.

A personal favorite, is this butterfly; the wings are traced from the child's shoe. 

The paper heart says: "I made this card especially for you. The butterfly's wings were traced from my shoe."  A pipe cleaner and folded thorax, add 3D pizzazz.

This is a quick, easy & fun activity for spring, or use for a Mother's Day or Father's Day card.  There are templates for all 3 in the packet. 

itsy bitsy spider finger movements, itsy bitsy spider manipulatives, itsy bitsy spider craft, itsy bitsy spider activities, eensy weensy spider activities, eensy weensy spider craftsWell that's it for today. The sky is threatening rain, so it's a good day to cut, color & play!

Crafting is one of my favorite things to do. 

Wishing you a happy & carefree day.

Poster: "I'm a craftaholic on the road to recovery. Just kidding; I'm on the road to a craft store." -Unknown

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