Paper Plate Spider Web: Virtual Book Club for Kids: Eric Carle

My daughter’s dance recital is coming up next weekend, and although the costume is pretty (see pic below), it came with nonadjustable straps that were super tight on her. What a pain!  Luckily there was extra length on the straps. But of course I had to undo the stitches and re-size them to make it comfortable enough for her, but not so much that they would fall off while she danced.  She watched as I did all this because I needed her there to try on the costume for measurements and such.  She of course became really interested in what I was doing and wanted me to teach her how to sew.  I wasn’t comfortable with her using a real needle and thread just yet though, so in correlation with our author of the month I decided to do an activity that would give her an idea of what sewing was like.

Our author of the month, a favorite of ours, is Eric Carle.  Our favorite books of course has always been The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?

This month, we’re shining the spotlight on a different Carle classic: The Very Busy Spider. This charming story tells the tale of a hardworking spider who is too busy spinning her web to play with the other animals. Despite their best efforts to distract her with tempting offers of games and naps, the spider remains focused on her task, weaving a beautiful web that eventually catches the attention of all who see it.

I found this cute craft to go along with this book: Paper Plate Spider Webs on a blog called A Little Delightful.  It’s also a perfect fine motor activity for preschoolers.


  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Bobby pin
  • Hole punch
  • Clip-art spider printed out or plastic spider
  • Tape or glue


First cut a circle in the middle of the plate.

Then go around the plate and punch some holes.

To make the spiderweb, tie a long piece of yarn to the back of the plate.

On the other end of the yarn tie a bobby pin. The bobby pin is just to help the kids sew the yarn through the holes. Plus for my daughter, we pretended it was her sewing needle.

Have the kids crisscross the yarn from one side of the plate to the other to create the spiderweb.

Working hard….

When your child is done, cut the yarn and tie the end to the back of the plate. I then printed out a clip art of a spider and taped it to our web.

We then threaded another piece of yarn through a hole to hang the spider web.

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