Story Time & Crafts: The Very Busy Spider

Little one loves it when I take him to the library. It's one of our favorite things to do together. 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. :) One of his picks during our past visit was The Very Busy Spider (Board Book).

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 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.  
After I read the book 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. 

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

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