“One of my favorite spider stories is Eric Carle’s “The Very Busy Spider”
I designed this quick, easy and fun scissor activity to introduce the story
As my kiddos are gathered on the carpet waiting for me to start reading, I begin cutting out a spider.
Since it’s folded you can’t easily tell what I’m cutting. Invariably a student will ask “What are you doing?” To which I reply “I’m very busy
cutting. Can you guess what I’m making?”
When I’m done, I slowly open the paper to reveal the very busy spider
After reading the story, I pick a name stick and give the spider to a child who was “very busy listening.”
If you think your kiddos have good scissor skills, I’ve also included a shaded pattern, which makes it easy for them to see which spaces to cut out.
After you’ve made your own, you can decide if this is an appropriate, whole group activity
for your students. Remember to grab that teachable moment to discuss symmetry
Completed projects look awesome glued to a square of brightly colored construction paper, then scattered on a bulletin board
I’ve included several “We’ve Been Very Busy” posters
for the center of your display.
For a splash of 3D pizzazz, add some of those “pull apart” spider webs to each corner.
For some extra writing practice
, have older students write what they thought of The Very Busy Spider
story, or whether they like or dislike spiders, on the back, then dangle the squares from the ceiling along a hallway wall.
I’ve also included a full-body pattern for little ones to color. Children can color their spider any way they want, or they can use orange and green to make theirs look like the Very Busy Spider
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