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Busy Spiders Weave Webs At EverWonder’s Story Lab



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Volunteer Pam Fagan led a Story Lab program at EverWonder Children’s Museum, all about spiders, on Tuesday, October 8.

Children and their adults gathered around Ms Fagan as she read The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle, which illustrated how spiders build complex webs strand by strand.

To the delight of the inquisitive children, the inside of the book had raised lines on each page that mimicked the meticulous design of a spider’s web being built. The children had the opportunity to run their hands across the page as well as look at the colorful images.

After the story, Ms Fagan taught the class that spiders have eight legs — four on each side — and anywhere from two to eight eyes.

She showed them how she drew a spider web, using white crayon, on each of their white pieces of paper for their craft activity. The spider web would be revealed when they sprayed watercolor paint onto the paper, because the wax in crayons is resistant to the paint.

Each child was encouraged to glue down a paper spider on top of the web to complete the artwork.

Those interested in learning more about spiders can visit EverWonder next week for Story Lab with Ms Fagan on Tuesday, October 15, and Thursday, October 17, at 10:30 am.

For more information about EverWonder Children’s Museum, visit .everwondermuseum.org

Pam Fagan, a volunteer at EverWonder Children’s Museum, reads The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle during the museum’s Story Lab program on Tuesday, October 8. —Bee Photos, Silber
EverWonder Children’s Museum Volunteer Pam Fagan holds out the book The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle, so Bradley Hillyer can feel the page’s raised spider web.
At EverWonder Children’s Museum, Emma Kozlowski helps her 2-year-old son, Ryan, spray blue watercolor paint to reveal a spiderweb design on the Story Lab activity paper.
Trevor Esposito, 2¾, glues the legs onto his paper spider at EverWonder Children’s Museum’s Story Lab on October 8.
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