Story Time Extension: The Itsy Bitsy Spider

This week I am going to be sharing with you how to extend learning from story time.
One of my little munchkin’s favorite songs is ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider’. We even have a book about it by Rosemary Wells. You can find this same story here.
Since Spencer loves this book so much I have found myself reading the book and singing the song frequently with him. When I was teaching preschool one way that we would extend learning and story time was to make a hands on activity related to the book. I decided to do that with this beloved song and book.
Before we begin, let me tell you that this is probably the easiest craft I have ever made. You all know that I am a big believer that you don’t need lots of supplies, money, time, or skills to teach your child. This story time extension proves that. It seriously took me less than 5 minutes to make and you can find all the needed supplies in your closet.
 Supplies:
  • 2 pipe cleaners cut into fourths (making 8 small pieces)
  • Empty paper towel tube
  • Cotton ball or pom pom
  •  Blue and yellow marker
  • Yarn
  • Stapler
1.     Wrap cut pipe cleaners around ball to form 8 legs

 

2.     Color raindrops and a sun onto the tube
3.     Tie yarn onto spider
4.     Staple yarn to tube
That’s it! So simple but yet has a lot of benefits. This story time extension provides hands on learning, helps to reinforce vocabulary, and gets your munchkin involved in the story. I made this myself but it really could be done completely by your preschooler.
I did this activity with Spencer and he LOVED it! By giving him something to hold and interact with as we sang helped him to understand the concept of up and down. If you guide your preschooler through the creating process of this activity they will get the added benefit of cutting, coloring, and wrapping. All of which are excellent ways to build fine motor skills as well as eye hand coordination.
Give this a try and tell me how it goes.
Let me know what your munchkin’s favorite stories are and I will work on story time extensions for those books as well!
 

 


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