Welcome back to digital Readapalooza, our storytime for elementary-age kids. Today we’ll begin reading a selection from Guys Read True Stories called Tarantula Heaven by Sy Montgomery. Enjoy the introduction to our story, then make your own model tarantula. Don’t forget this counts toward your time for summer reading. Be sure to log it into Beanstack!
Supplies needed: Aluminum foil
Step 1 Tear four strips of foil about as wide as your open hand and the length of the roll of foil. Roll along the long side of the foil so it is about the size of a pencil then squeeze along the the length to tighten. These will be the eight legs.
Step 2 Tear a piece of foil about as wide as a piece of standard paper or slightly bigger. Lightly roll along the short side, about the size of a quarter. This won’t be a tight roll. Fold the roll in half across the short part. It should look like a V. This will be the body.
Step 3 Insert all four leg rolls into the V of the body roll. Squeeze the two parts of the body roll together behind the group of legs to secure them in place. You now have the front section of your spider’s body.
Step 4 Shape the remaining tails of the body into the back of the spider by folding and squeezing it together until it is the shape you want.
Step 5 Separate the legs out and bend to make your spider stand. This makes a basic spider. There are lots of details you can add if you want to be extra creative.
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