Poetic Play: Week One

Welcome to the first week of Poetic Play! If you missed Saturday’s post,  Preparing for Poetic Play, I suggest you begin there and then return to this week’s poem. It will tell you everything you need to know. If you’d like to play along with us, you’re welcome to grab this graphic.

Have fun playing!


T H I S   W E E K ‘ S   P O E M

Of A Spider
by Wilfred Thorley
1878 – 1963

The spider weaves his silver wire
Between the cherry and the brier.

He runs along and sees the thread
Well-fastened on each hawser-head.

And then within his wheel he dozes
Hung on a thorny stem of roses.

While fairies ride the silver ferry
Between the rose-bud and the cherry.

N O T E   T O   P A R E N T S: Before beginning any of these activities with your child, be sure to talk about spider safety.  Remind your child that while some spiders are harmless, others can be quite dangerous.  Certain activities like the sensory bin should be skipped if you are concerned that your child might not understand the difference between handling toy spiders and real spiders.

P O E T R Y   J O U R N A L
Click on the poem (at bottom of post).  Select “Print Preview” in your browser. Adjust the size of the image to suit you. Print, cut out, and glue into your poetry journal.  Have your child illustrate the poem on the same page or the facing page. You may also want to print a few extra copies to place around the house to remind you to recite the poem to/with your child so that it becomes familiar. You might place a copy on the bathroom mirror, the kitchen table, or in the car.

H A P P Y   H A N D S
* Try one of these weaving activities from Let The Children Play and weave your own web, great or small.
* Use transparent tape to make a sticky spider web. Take turns tossing pom-poms or cotton balls at the web to make them stick.
* Sculpt spiders out of play-dough or modeling clay.

C U L T I V A T I N G   C H A R A C T E R
* Watch this AMAZING video of a spider weaving its web. Discuss perseverance and/or diligence.

O U T D O O R   O D Y S S E Y
* Go on a web hunt. See if you can find all four major types. (Be careful not to disturb the spider! This should be done ONLY with adult supervision for safety, of course!)
* Catch a spider web with these instructions from The Magnifying Glass. Alternatively, you can simply mist them water to make them easier to see without disturbing them.
* Visit a local nursery and find both a rose bush and a cherry tree. Purchase one (or both) and enjoy planting them as a family.
* Build a fairy house. If you need inspiration, look no further.

N A T U R E   T A B L E
* The book, Spinning Spiders, by Melvin Berger
* Life Cycle of a Spider printable from Kidzone.
* Stems from a rose bush (watch the briers!) and/or a cherry tree.
* Observe a non-poisonous spider in a large jar for a day or so.

S E N S O R Y   B I N
* stretchable spider webs
rubber/plastic spiders and insects for play (check your local dollar store)
* sticks and rocks

* Make a mischevious walking spider with this simple tutorial {Highlights Kids}
* Craft thumbprint spiders and string webs {DLTK’s}

K I T C H E N   C R E A T I O N S
Here are a few fun spidery snack ideas:
* cracker spiders at From An Igloo
* chocolate pretzel webs at Mom Endeavors
apple spiders at Almost Unschoolers

 B O O K    B A S K E T
1. Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
2. The Very Busy Spider, Eric Carle
3. Miss Spider’s Tea Party, David Kirk
4. Are You A Spider?, Judy Allen and Tudor Humpries
5. The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Iza Trapani
6. Be Nice To Spiders, Margaret Bloy Graham
7. Spectacular Spiders, Linda Glaser
8. Diary of a Spider, Doreen Cronin


10 responses to “Poetic Play: Week One

  1. You have done so much work and made this just lovely…thank you. I am so excited to do a lot of these things with the wee one here.

  2. Thanks so much for this – it is fantastic – can’t wait to get started 🙂

  3. We really enjoyed day 1 – you can see what we did here http://www.craftsfromthecwtch.co.uk/2011/05/poetic-play-1-of-spider.html

    And SO many more lovely things to do throughout the week!

    Thanks again.

  4. looks great! I am going to try this with my kindergarten students for the month of May 🙂

  5. Wow, thanks for going to all the trouble of putting this together! I’ve been meaning to do more of this, using literature as a springboard for projects and activities. Thanks for getting us started!

  6. Yes! This is the productive and helpful side of blogging!!! Thank you for these wonderful creative and teaching resources. There is so much here!! I will pass them on to all my friends with young peeps! Thanks again!

  7. So much inspiration here. I love the idea of connecting children with the power of words – playing with words – that poetry offers at an early age.

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