Do you teach your students “The Itsy Bitsy-Eensy Weensy Spider”
nursery rhyme song? This is one of my students’ all time favorites.
The “finger plays”
that I teach to go along with the song, are also a super-fun way to strengthen
finger muscles and improve dexterity
. As 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”.
So 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
. (Check the PREVIEW for samples).
I 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.
As a whole group, when everyone is done, slowly say the verses, 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.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you a delightful and fun-filled day.
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