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.