For more advanced children, create a path on the downspouts with
horizontal strips of plastic tape. Children can move the spiders up
the spouts as in a short path game (see chapter 7).
Questions to Extend Thinking
Do you have as many spiders as Lucy?
How many spiders will you have if you get two more?
If one spider falls off the spout, how many will you have left?
How can we find out which spout has the most spiders?
Integrated Curriculum Activities
Sing the “Itsy-Bitsy Spider” as children play the game.
Read books about spiders and insects.
Put a large model of a spider and an insect in the science area so
children can compare them.
Take a nature walk and look for spider webs. Spray the webs with
water to make them more visible.
Downspout pieces can
be purchased from hard-
ware or building supply
stores. They can be
taped to a room divider
or the back of a shelf to
hold them in place.
Use a hot glue gun to
mount the magnetic
tape to the spiders.