During our recent spider theme activities we had a lot of fun singing and dancing along to the Itsy Bitsy Spider (or eensy weensy, whatever version you prefer). To extend the use of this rhyme, we made an Itsy Bitsy Sticky wall. It turned out to be one of the most frequently used items throughout our theme.
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- Foam Sheets
- Contact Paper
- Painter’s Tape
- Foam or felt spider and spider web (You can cut your own or use one from another set. We purchased ours at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.)
Use painter’s tape to secure the clear contact paper to the wall with the sticky side facing out.
Cut out the basic pieces for the rhyme from the foam sheets. You can get as fancy as you’d like. I made very simple cuts.
Each day we used the sticky wall to sing and act out the Itsy Bitsy nursery rhyme. The kids also explore the wall on their own many times throughout the day. The toddlers moved the pieces around and felt the different textures of the foam and the paper.
The preschoolers liked making up different stories with the pieces. We also incorporated a little bit of math practice. First we sorted the raindrops by kind.
We also put them in order from smallest to largest.
For just a few minutes of preparation and minimal expense we had a lot of fun with this activity. The girls still haven’t let me take it down…maybe after Halloween!
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