Thursday, May 28, 2015

Poisonous Animals Book and Itsy Bitsy Spider Craft

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We love reading and hands on learning so of course I couldn't resist participating in another online book club. The last Thursday of every month I will be joining some of my Usborne friends in the Story Corner Blog Hop. Each month there will be a theme and I will share one of our favorite Usborne books and a hands on learning activity to go along with it.

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Poisonous Animals is part of the Usborne Beginners set (only $4.99 each). This is probably one of my  children's favorite Usborne sets. Each book is jam packed with information and includes a glossary and website recommendations. In the Poisonous Animals book children learn about why animals have poison, what happens when a snake bites, why wasps sting and more. The font in the Usborne Beginners set is large and easy to read and the paragraphs are concise making these books perfect for beginning readers...or you can use them as a read aloud too. And you won't have to worry about children loosing interest because the images are bright and beautiful and encourage children to continue reading to learn more!

For our craft we made spider webs...they also make great dream catchers. These are so simple to make and are a great complimenting craft for spider, Halloween and Native American books.

  • Black or white paper plate (we used small 6" plates)
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn
  • Mini toy spiders (we used glow in the dark spiders for an added effect)
  1. Cut the center out of the plate (this part may require adult supervision). When I we made ours I had to cut about 40 plates for a group so I used my scrapbooking circle cutter and it worked great!
  2. Punch holes around the outside of the paper plate. For a small plate punch about 12 evenly spaced holes.
  3. Weave yarn through the holes in any pattern. If the children wish to hang the web up you will want to have them leave a piece dangling. 
  4. Add a mini toy spider onto the web. 

Free Journal Pages:
Here is an arachnid journal page that goes along great with books on spiders. Download your copy here or click the picture below.

Story Corner

Each month we feature different themed books and corresponding activities! This month’s theme is animals so make sure you check out all the other posts!

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