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Making Spider Treats

Read book "The Very Busy Spider"; Learn parts of a spider using food

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Read the book “The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle or Read/Listen here
  • Ingredients to make one big spider - wash hands first
  • Combine 2 tablespoons of smooth nut butter (peanut, almond, etc.) 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar, and 2 tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs
  • Form a ball by using your hands
  • Divide the ball into 2 parts - l larger (abdomen) and 1 smaller (cephalothorax containing the head)
  • Put balls together like a spider body 
  • Add 4 thin licorice legs to each side for a total of 8 legs.  All legs are attached to the smaller ball (cephalothorax) 
  • Add 2 to 8 small raisins for eyes
  • Chat about how animals are put into classes - human beings are in the mammal class and spiders are arachnids 


This week see if you can spy a spider up close and see the two parts of a spider and count their 8 legs


Explain that an animal to be a mammal has three things that can be noticed by a child. First, they must have glands that give milk. This is to feed their babies. Second, they are warm-blooded. Third, all mammals have fur or hair. Humans are mammals.  Can you name some other mammals? (dogs, whales, elephants, and horses).  Is a spider a mammal? (No)  Is a spider an insect? (No) Spiders are members of the Animal Kingdom, belong to the phylum Arthropoda (animals with segmented bodies) class Arachnida.


Are you afraid of spiders? Why are some people frightened by spiders?

If you were a spider and you made a spider web, what would you like to catch on the web?

Is there someone in our family who frightens you? Can you tell me who and what happened that frightened you?


  • Book “The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle or Read/Listen here (use full screen and pause as needed)
  • peanut butter (ALERT - nut allergy; almond, cashew butter...)
  • powdered sugar
  • graham crack crumbs
  • thin licorice
  • raisins
  • bowl

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Triangle
  • Color - Red, Yellow, Blue
  • Number - Four, 4
  • Alphabet Letters - D, M
  • Senses - Taste
  • Character Trait - Love
  • Target Words - Day, Later, Night, Now

Monthly Proverb

Arabic-Every day of your life is a page of your history

Did You Know?

"Investing in high quality pre-kindergarten can make every family in America safer from crime and violence. Law enforcement leaders know that to win the war on crime, we need to be as willing to guarantee our kids space in a pre-kindergarten program as we are to guarantee a criminal a prison cell," said Sanford Newman, president of Fight Crime

Books to Read

"The Greedy Triangle"
by Marilyn Burns (Activity 2)

"Mouse Paint"
by Ellen Stoll Walsh (Activity 9)

"The Very Busy Spider"
by Eric Carle (Activity 17) (audiobook available)

"The Greedy Triangle" VIDEO
by Marilyn Burns (Activity 2)

"Mouse Paint". VIDEO
by Ellen Still Walsh (Activity 9)

"The Very Busy Spider" VIDEO
by Eric Carle (Activity 17)

Music Playlist

"An Die Schonen, Blauen Donau - Walzer Op. 314 Johann Strauss"
by Berliner Philharmoniker Album 100 Best Karajan 100 Best Classics (Classical) (Activity 20)

"The Alphabet Song"
by Cedarmont Kids Album 100 Singalong Songs for Kids (Children) (Activity 4)

"Love Grows One By One"
by Priscilla Herdman Album Daydreamer (Children) (Activity 13 & 20)

"The Alphabet Song" VIDEO
by Cedarmont Kids (Activity 4)

"Love Grows One by One" VIDEO
by Priscilla Herdman (Activity 13 & 20)

"An Die Schonen, Blauen Donau-Walzer Op.314" VIDEO
by Johann Strauss (Activity 20)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

(Activity 21 Month 4)

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out 

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain 

And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

Do You Love Me? to “Brother John” tune

(Activity 26 Month 4)

Do you love me? Do you love me?

Yes, I do.  Yes, I do.

Give me hugs and kisses.  Give me hugs and kisses.

I love you. (two kiss sounds)  I love you. (two kiss sounds)