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Itsy, Bitsy Spider

What You Need:

Piece of thin, black posterboard

Piece of thin, white posterboard or colored or plain construction paper

4 to 8 pipecleaners

White crayon, marker, or pencil

Drinking straw

Tape

Scissors

String (you can recycleTo reuse an item instead of just throwing it away. For example, soda cans can be recycled to make new soda cans. old shoelaces if you have them)

Colored crayons or markers

Pencil

What You Do:

1. Download and print this spiderA small, cold-blooded animal with eight legs. A spider's body is made up of two parts. It has no wings and no backbone. Many spiders spin webs to catch insects for food. pattern.

2. Use the pencil to trace the spiderA small, cold-blooded animal with eight legs. A spider's body is made up of two parts. It has no wings and no backbone. Many spiders spin webs to catch insects for food. pattern onto the posterboard or construction paper; or design one of your own, close to the same size as the pattern we've provided. Remember that a spiderA small, cold-blooded animal with eight legs. A spider's body is made up of two parts. It has no wings and no backbone. Many spiders spin webs to catch insects for food. has two body parts: the thorax, and the abdomen.

3. Use the crayons or markers to decorate your spiderA small, cold-blooded animal with eight legs. A spider's body is made up of two parts. It has no wings and no backbone. Many spiders spin webs to catch insects for food.. Some spiders have spots or stripes to help them camouflageThe color or pattern of an animal's covering that is similar to the animal's surroundings, and therefore helps hide it. May also be related to smell, as in lions rolling in elephant dung to camouflage their scent., others are all one color.

4. Cut the pieces out and glue the bottom edge of the thorax piece to the top edge of the abdomen piece.

5. For the spiderA small, cold-blooded animal with eight legs. A spider's body is made up of two parts. It has no wings and no backbone. Many spiders spin webs to catch insects for food.'s legs, cut four pieces of pipe cleaners about 3 to 4 inches long. Tape them all together in the middle, as shown.

6. Glue the legs on the underside of the thorax, the upper part of the spiderA small, cold-blooded animal with eight legs. A spider's body is made up of two parts. It has no wings and no backbone. Many spiders spin webs to catch insects for food.'s body. When dried completely, tape it down for reinforcement.

7. Cut the straw into two pieces about an inch long and glue the two pieces onto the underside of the abdomen piece. When dried completely, tape it down.

8. Cut two pieces of string up to 6 inches long. Tie one end of each string to each end of the pencil.

9. Thread the rest of the string through the straws.

10. On your thin black cardboard draw the delicate web of the orb spiderA small, cold-blooded animal with eight legs. A spider's body is made up of two parts. It has no wings and no backbone. Many spiders spin webs to catch insects for food. with the white marker or white pencil. A spiderA small, cold-blooded animal with eight legs. A spider's body is made up of two parts. It has no wings and no backbone. Many spiders spin webs to catch insects for food. squeezes liquid silk out of its spinnerets to build a sticky web.

11. Tape the web near the edge of a table. Tape the pencil with the spiderA small, cold-blooded animal with eight legs. A spider's body is made up of two parts. It has no wings and no backbone. Many spiders spin webs to catch insects for food. hanging from it on the table right in front of the web.

12. Grab the two loose ends of the string and hold one in each hand. Gently keep moving your hands apart and your spiderA small, cold-blooded animal with eight legs. A spider's body is made up of two parts. It has no wings and no backbone. Many spiders spin webs to catch insects for food. will start climbing!

13. Have a friend make a spiderA small, cold-blooded animal with eight legs. A spider's body is made up of two parts. It has no wings and no backbone. Many spiders spin webs to catch insects for food., too. See who can climb up to their web the fastest. Have fun!