the very busy spider

My son is definitely a library kid and he loves it when I take him to the library. His pick: The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.  Story time paired with a craft is one of our favorite things to do together and this was the perfect book for that. 

At the library, he goes crazy going through the books, looking at each one, and picking out the one he wants to take home. He normally ends up checking out up to 10 books at a time. 

The Very Busy Spider



Eric Carle’s book are colorful, lively, with simple text, and this book has a lesson in it, and it’s to complete a task. The very busy spider doesn’t allow itself to get distracted until it finishes the beautiful web. We both really like this book because little one could feel the embossed spider’s web, and he can make the noises the animals make.


Craft Time

After I read the book The Very Busy Spider to little one. He wanted to make the sun, and the spider. So I gave him a paper plate, and some yellow paint. He cut the plate himself, and painted with homemade paint. He then colored with markers a smaller paper plate, and made the spider. I have a jar with cut-out letters from cereal boxes, crackers, etc. that I save. We used those letters to make the title of the book. He had fun looking through the letters, and matching them to the book title. Then he glued them.
He wanted to make the fence post from the book. I used large popsicle sticks, and hot glued them to make a larger frame. I had some red string that I had him tangle up in the frame to make the spider’s web, and I hot glued the strings for him.
Luckily for him, he had a spider, a fly, and all of the animals from the farm. Except for the owl. I had to improvise with a small rock, googly eyes, a cap (from a fruit pouch), and some chenille stems for the the wings; and voila he has an owl! 🙂 He was so excited about his spider’s frame that he wanted to play out the story to Daddy as I read the book.

More The Very Busy Spider Activities

Celebrating the Week of the Young Child with The Very Busy Spider preschool activities and story time.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider with Spanish Storytime.  Fun time with crafts.

I love children’s book that can come alive with crafts. Have you read The Very Busy Spider? What fun books have you brought to life with crafts? Would love to hear your thoughts, or comments. Please like, share or pin!


the very busy spider

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Looking for another fun Storytime, craft and an Eric Carle book in Spanish?  Check this post out on the book The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse Spanish Homeschool Lesson and Activity


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  1. You are so creative – we just read The Very Busy Spider this morning. It's a a favorite around here. We'll have to try some of your crafts – I love the owl!

  2. What wonderful crafts to go along with the book. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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