Spider Snack STEAM

So I creep yeahhh just creepin’ on but I’ll know ’cept nobody is supposed to knowwww. So I creep yeahhhhh…

Any time I think about doing ”creepy” themed activities this song (Creep by TLC) lives rent free in my head allll. day. long. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to Crazysexycool in my life. I was SUCH a fangirl. Like..I used to bring the album insert on the bus so my friends and I could memorize Left Eye’s raps. We used to try and memorize the dance moves to Waterfalls while watching MTV. I even wrote a poem in third grade how I wanted to be Chili when I grew up. Serious fangirl stuff for a nine year old, you know? Who am I kidding. I still am a big fangirl. *turns on the album on Spotify to finish writing*

LOVE THEM. Absolute icons.

Also…this picture!! THE FASHION. I could throw on any of their outfits and be THE COOLEST right now.

Did I start this post to talk about my love for TLC? I mean, initially no. Is it happening anyway? Well yes absolutely. I will get back to my original i intention soon, promise. But before I move on to the cutesy, tasty, and challenging preschool activity, there’s one more thing. Which singer in TLC was your favorite?Cause I know I wasn’t the only one absolutely obsessed with them and growing up to be Chili. Let me know in the comments.

Spider Snack STEAM Activity

If you’re not familiar with the STEAM acronym (teachers LOOOOVE their acronyms), it stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. So basically what I’m saying here is we’re going to hack a cute little Halloween snack craft and turn it into an engaging learning activity! Try it at home, in the classroom, at a party-the kids will love it!

Supplies:

  • Oreos
  • pretzel sticks
  • icing (squeeze tubes are easiest)
  • candy eyes
  • Twizzler Pull N Peel candy
  • paper plates
  • damp paper towels or wipes for sticky hands


Activity:

I have to confess, not only do I love STEAM challenges because they are super effective at getting our children to problem solve in various ways, they are so. easy. to implement.

Think of yourself as a facilitator during this challenge but mostly an observer. Aka: let your child do all the problem solving themselves while you support their thinking without telling them what to do or how to do it. Sometimes this is easier said than done (trust me I know from experience) but just do your best and remember that this activity is about the process, not the product.

So basically what I’m saying is if your child’s end product looks like a gloppy, ugly mess and not whatsoever Pinterest worthy-you did awesome! The younger the child, the gloppier the product. The only reason Jack’s turned out the way it did was because I was modeling the activity so I could get some example photos for this post and I realized in hindsight how i could have made the cute little craft even better!

  1. Read aloud or do the fingerplay/song, The Itsy Bitsy Spider. Any version will do!
  2. Display the supplies so that your child can see all the different building materials at once. You can do cute little trays or just keep ‘em in the packages.
  3. Get your child hyped up: say something like, ”We are going to make a spooky snack today! Look at all these goodies you can use! Let’s use these tasty treats to make a spooky spider on a web!”
  4. Guide them on the expectation that they can use the icing as glue and that the paper plate can be the background.
  5. Let them at it! The less you guide them, the more they think and problem solve! Watch them carefully for signs of frustration and offer tips and suggestions as needed. If they need a lot of help, try making one yourself right beside them!
  6. Have fun and enjoy your yummy treat!

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I’m a stay at home mom of two little boys, Jackson and Sawyer. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and a masters degree in the education field as well. I have experience teaching a variety of ages from birth through grade 12! I’m passionate about child development, gentle parenting, and learning through play. I’ve spent the last few months developing a preschool curriculum for my 4 year old son and would love for you to follow along for inspiration in your own home!

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