Ask me to name my favourite Eric Carle book and I’ll umm and ahh indefinitely.
Kinda like asking me to name my favourite child. (Not that I have one.)
We are massive Eric Carle fans around here, and this The Very Busy Spider craft makes use of materials from a previous Carle-inspired project.
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Eric Carle paints tissue paper that he then collages to create his iconic illustrations.
Check out this post where we imitate his technique and paint tissue paper.
We still have lots of this painted tissue paper leftover and we made use of it to create these spiders.
You could of course, collage these spiders with any paper.
But there’s something special about recreating the process of one of the world’s greatest picture book creators, no?
For this The Very Busy Spider craft, you will need:
Cardboard (we reused some packaging from a delivery)
Paper for collage
Anything extra you’d like to use for embellishments. We used paint pens and chalk pastels.
Download and print your free spider template
Cut out the parts of the spider and trace these parts onto thick card.
My 2 children took different paths at this point.
Mr 3 insisted on gluing all the parts together before decorating.
Miss 5 decorated all the parts and then assembled the spider.
Whatever floats your boat!
Glue your paper to your cardboard. However tickles your fancy!
I then presented paint pens and chalk pastels and prompted my children to think about whether they could use these materials to decorate their spiders.
Glue on the googly eyes and you have a very busy spider ready to spin some webs!
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