I got the idea last year when my daughter and I made a similar one last Halloween in a class we were taking. At the time she was only 2 so I did most of the work. Now that she's 3 year old she insisted on doing practically the entire thing herself---what a difference a year makes!
This book requires minimal materials and hits heavy with oodles of delicious learning opportunities like:
*Number words recognition
*Practice fine motor skills through cutting, stamping, lacing and writing
*Develop reading self-esteem and risk-taking through practicing a familiar text
*Opportunity to extend the challenge by using advanced counting skills (If there are 8 legs on a spider how many legs on 4 spiders? etc...etc..)
*Practice letter and number writing skills
*A mini-lesson in recycling
Step 1: Gather necessary materials
For the spider book you will need:
white paper (we used 9x12)
a few thumbs
Step 2: Cut it and punch it
Use one of the pieces as a template to cut out two more rectangles from the cereal box. Insert mini-lesson on recycling at this point. Never to young to learn how to conserve! These two pieces of cardboard will be your cover and back to your awesome spidey book.
Decide which way you want your book to open and punch holes along the "spine" of all the pages in the same places for lacing up later in the project.
We decided to punch our holes along the top so we could stamp our spiders crawling down the page. It really doesn't matter where you decide to punch.