Storytime: S is for Spiders


EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY SKILL(S): Letter Knowledge & Narrative Skills


Miss Spider’s ABC by David Kirk
Itsy Bitsy Spider
by Kate Toms
Diary of a Spider [book & CD] by Doreen Cronin
Sophie’s Masterpiece: A Spider’s Tale
by Eileen Spinelli
Spider and the Sky God
retold by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
adapted by Gerald McDermott
by Trudi Strain Trueit
Jumping Spiders
by Tamara L. Britton   
Wolf Spiders by Tamara L. Britton 
Tarantula Spiders
by Tamara L. Britton


  1. Intro
  2. Read-a-Loud Book
  3. Finger Puppet Rhyme
  4. Read-a-Loud Book
  5. Flannelboard
  6. Read-a-Loud Book
  7. Craft


Photo of spider books.

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
The Eensy Weensy Spider Freaks Out! (Big Time) by Troy Cummings
Aaaarrgghh Spider!
 by Lydia Monks


Finger Puppet Rhyme: The Itsy-Bitsy Spider

The itsy-bitsy spider
Went up the water spout.
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out
Up came the sun
And dried up all the rain,
And the itsy-bitsy spider
Went up the spout again.

Flannelboard:  Spiders by Janet Bruno (via:

Spiderlings hatch from eggs.
Each one has eight tiny legs.
A spider has more eyes than you.
Most have eight, and you have two.
A spider has two body parts.
Aross its web it quickly darts.
From a spider’s spinnerets
Sticky spider silk jets.
Spider feels the frantic tugs,

Oh their favorite food—it’s bugs!


Spider Storytime Craft

This week’s simple (and cost  EFFECTIVE) craft was inspired by the blog, Gone Bananas. I picked up black paper cups and colored pipe cleaners from Dollar General. To make things easy on the kids, I used a hole punch to create four holes on each side of the paper cups. That way they could simply fold their pipe cleaners in half and easily insert one into consecutive holes. I used Microsoft PPT to create different sets of eyes and mouths, which I pre-cut beforehand. A black marker could be used to color in negative white space, so that the eyes and mouth blend in once they’re glued on. I suppose the rim and bottom (top in this case) could be colored black as well if one dislikes the white. Markers, crayons, googly eyes and scrap paper were provided so the children could add unique embellishments.


As expected, it was a small storytime group this Saturday—with two little girls in attendance. Both got a kick out of the stories, and the chance to predict what might happen next, or parrot repetitive text. The craft was a hit, and each little girl was eager to make two. In fact, one of the accompanying adults liked the craft so much she asked to make one herself. =)


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