Just in time for Halloween I had my littles make some VERY busy spiders. We began by watching the movie Eric Carle: Picture Writer. My students listened to him read "The Very Busy Spider", then watched him make a few of his collage papers.
I actually pre-made some painted papers in the interest of time, but this is definitely something you can have your students make ahead of time.
I then taught them how to make a web (white crayon on black paper). They cut the bodies (circle head and oval body) as well as the legs. We bent the legs to give the spider a 3-D look.
I just loved how everything turned out, and the kids were thrilled with their Halloween/Not Halloween artwork!
I have lots more Eric Carle projects which are forthcoming, so you may want to hop over to my classroom blog www.ourartlately.blogspot.com to check them out!
Joanna Davis is a National Board Certified Art Teacher from Venice, Florida. She writes for her classroom blog "We Heart Art", has a son in Kindergarten who is her main source of inspiration, and hates spiders.