Do you know how hard it is to find a nursery rhyme about the sun? There are none in the traditional, you can sort of force the Itsy Bitsy Spider to fit, but not really. That threw my plan to have a nursery rhyme book to go with our weekly Kindergarten theme (and my daughter’s homeschool preschool lessons) So, here’s our Itsy Bitsy Spider craft Interactive Book.
Supplies needed for Itsy Bitsy Spider craft interactive book
yarn (about 12 inches), a piece of felt (one piece will do for several kids), construction paper, scissors (and adult scissors), glue, markers, stamp pad (or a dot marker; side note, not all washable stamp pads are, so beware of that), nursery rhyme book
Mommy prep for the Itsy Bitsy Spider Interactive Book
Take your piece of felt and cut a circle about the size of a jar lid. Now cut a wedge out of two sides.
Now, take each of those sides, and cut it so there are 8 legs total, 4 on each side. Then in the body cut two small slits. This is to feed the yarn through. Feed the yarn through and tie a nice strong knot. Obviously, older kids could do this themselves.
Another version would be to cut a smaller circle and 4 long skinny rectangles. The 4 rectangles could be tied on the bottom after you cut the slits. That just seemed more work, and a good way for the spider to lose a leg.
Kiddo part for the Itsy Bitsy Spider Craft
First, print out the words (the printable is in the subscriber section if you don’t want to make up your own version).
Then cut the words apart at the sections, and glue to the top of two facing pages.
Draw a line on the construction paper dividing it roughly in thirds. Have your kids cut along the lines. For one of the thirds cut it into two roughly equal pieces. These are your water spout.
Glue one of the larger rectangles on the side going up the page. Glue the other large rectangle on the other page. Use the small rectangle to form the bottom part of the spout. It should look like a slightly wonky capital L at this point.
Here’s where what supplies you have on hand come in handy. You can make the rain in many different ways. We had “Do a Dot paint” markers. So my kids used this. The last time we did this we did fingerprints from paint, you could also use stamp pads for this.
On the other side draw a picture of a sun. You could also cut a circle out of construction paper. My kids were losing interest, so I skipped that step.
Now get a spare piece of construction paper, and glue the other end of the string to the paper. You want this nice and strong, and want to caution your kid not to be excited while it’s still drying.
Now happily act it out as Batman is doing.
For next week, we’re doing “Hey Diddle Diddle,” keep an eye out for brads (they’re usually in the school supply aisle, it might take some finding), and stock up on construction paper while it’s on sale!