The Very Busy Spider Extension Activities
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About this book
Use these activities before or after reading Eric Carle's The Very Busy Spider to extend learning into other areas of the curriculum.
Mathematical Concepts: Spatial and Linear Patterns
- Ask children to describe what they know about spider webs. Encourage children to talk about patterns they've seen in webs.
- Read the story aloud. Let children describe the progress of the web in each succeeding illustration.
- Give children time to look through the book and feel the raised illustrations of the spider, the web, and fly.
Spider Web Patterns
- Give each child string, scissors, paste, and a sheet of heavy paper or oak tag on which you have copied the beginning of a spider web.
- Show children the illustrations of the web in the story and discuss the pattern.
- Ask children to “spin” their own webs on the heavy paper or oak tag using string and paste. Encourage children to use language such as circle or circular, repeating, and lines to describe the patterns they form.
- Save finished webs for the science activity that follows.
Across the Curriculum: Science and Art
Lead children in an investigation about spiders. Together, collect and display photographs and illustrations of spiders. Have children take closer looks at the spiders' legs. How do the legs help a spider crawl and climb? Give each child a lump of clay and 4 pipe cleaners that have been cut in half (8 pieces). Ask children to use their clay and pipe cleaners to make spider models. When the models are dry, children can attach them to their spider web artwork.