People's fear of the eight-legged crawlies is ancient and mostly unfounded because only a few species of spiders are toxic to humans and these are mainly found outside of Europe. The exaggerated fear of spiders results from the fact that spiders are so alien to us. They are far from cute and do not remotely resemble the animals we see as cute or pretty. Spiders are also unpredictable to us, they pop up suddenly from dark corners, as if from nowhere, move fast and silently - which is scary to us.
By working with these little creatures - talking about them, looking at photos and picture books, listening to explanations, making spider figures and playing with them - these fears can be reclaimed and removed. The children should learn that caution is a good thing but that there is no need to panic.
- Gain expertise; expand knowledge through expert picture books
- Environmental education: Have respect for life and recognise the benefits of spiders.
- Speak about fears and overcome them.
- Experience recycling of used clothing:
- Learn about recycling opportunities
- Use textile material, promote fine motor skills.
- Fun in playing with crafted figures and experience roleplays
- Expand linguistic articulacy
Material and resources
- Two disused gloves and a sock (washed) for each spider
- Googley eyes
- UHU Crafts Glue
UHU Crafts Glue
- Dries transparant
- Soft bottle - ideal for children
- With a build-in spatula
- Washes out at 30°C
Cut the stem of the sock and fill the foot part to half way with padding. Close the opening with a thread. Move the padding to both ends of the sock, the middle remains empty.
Fill both gloves with padding to the fingertips.
Put the empty centre of the sock into one of the gloves, the glove thumbs remain parallel to the sock top.. Put the second glove cuff over the first one, the sock parts appear to be inside out. Stick the overlapping parts with UHU Crafts Glue and fix with pins until the adhesive is dry.
The sock top forms the head. Stick the glove thumbs onto the head and fix until the adhesive is dried.
Stick on the googley eyes and a piece of thread for the mouth.
Put a long thread around both the neck and waist, tie all four thread ends together.
- Whoever wants to recycle more can make the googley eyes themselves. The children can help here. You will need some empty display packaging for large round tablets, black and white paper, a hole-punch, a pair of scissors and UHU Crafts Glue.
1st Remove aluminium foil remnants on the empty packaging tablets as much as possible.
2. With your fingertip, smoothen the plastic capsules and put them back into shape.
With the hole-punch, punch discs out of black paper.
4. Put the discs into the capsules.
5. Carefully coat the reverse side of the tablet packaging and thinly coat with UHU Crafts Glue. Do not let any glue into the plastic capsules! Carefully stick on the white paper. Allow to dry and cut out eyes.