Spiders can be rather scary but not when they’re made from cardboard or egg cartons like the ones we made this week. We had a look at hexagons and discovered that they had 6 sides. We sang the Hector Hexagon song as well as the Incy Wincy Spider song.
One of our activities included a spider with a hexagonal body. The children counted out 8 legs each and glued them to the body. They added googly eyes. There was a lot of fine motor skill and problem solving going on to create the webs. We used a paper plate and some wool. A few struggled with the fact that the wool needed to go across the plate to form the web rather than the usual threading around the object that we would normally do.
The other activity that we engaged in was making a drainpipe that our spiders could climb up. We’d painted some egg cartons black the day before so they could dry. We added some legs and eyes to the egg carton and then taped this to a string. At the end of the string we tied a popstick so that the string did not keep falling out of the drainpipe. We covered a cardboard roll with alfoil to make it look like a shiny silvery drainpipe. We poked the popstick through the roll and then turned it sideways. We had a lot of fun pulling on the popstick and making our spiders go up and down the drainpipe while we chanted the Incy Wincy Spider song.