The Very Busy Spider in October classrooms

  • Hello All!


    I wanted to share a quick idea with you about using the book "The Very Busy Spider" in your classroom this October! The featured free Music Box download of the moment is "The Very Busy Spider" which includes lesson ideas for ways to accompany the story with fun and spooky movement and music.


    Although you can always use your regular colored scarf set, it is fun to collect all of the extra tattered scarf pieces that you have cut off of old scarves (maybe 5 long strands) and tie them together on one end to make a colorful spider silky "web" scarf. You can use these colorful fun scarves for spinning movement with "The Spider Kept on Spinning" song, from the Jungle Beat CD.


    Another fun suggestion in the lesson plan is to use finger puppets of the animals in the book for solo singing in the story. You can get all of the animals from the story at



    Color copy the pages, cut out, laminate, and make popsicle stick puppets instead!


    Enjoy all of the fun activies and E minor Orff accompaniment that go along with this classroom favorite. Have fun!


    Love, Lynn Kleiner


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  • Lynn Kleiner
    Lynn Kleiner I think its awesome what you are doing for your students! I'm so happy they are enjoying this musical story.
    October 16, 2014
  • Barb Bonisteel
    Barb Bonisteel Hi Lynn, love the idea of using the tattered scarves! Can you expand a little more on how you would do this story /activity with the babies? Are you reading the book or just highlighting ?
    October 19, 2014
  • Lynn Kleiner
    Lynn Kleiner I actually do not do the story with the babies, just the spinning song, Eensy Weensey spider and we use these for the rainbow verse for Stormy Day. I use the story with ages 3-8 with the solo singing animals and Orff.
    October 20, 2014
  • Sonia Semana
    Sonia Semana Is the free music box download only the ideas.. and not the music? is there music that goes along with this? If so where do I find it?
    April 30, 2016