We loved the book The Very Busy Spider and it has inspired quite a bit of art here in our house.
Today’s art activity uses watercolors (I always feel like Eric Carle would be a lover of watercolors).
Crayons and watercolors combine to make some beautiful art.
Check out below how to create an art project that feels like magic while also making connections to The Very Busy Spider.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, using spatial awareness to coordinate the features of the representation
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways
  • Identify basic colors

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Required Materials

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*Construction Paper



Step #1

Draw a spider using a white crayon on white construction paper.

Step #2
Invite your Lil’ to use watercolors to paint their paper and watch as they are amazed to see the spider revealed.
Step #3

You can also draw the spiders in black crayon.

This will not give your Lil’ the “magical reveal” but it will still produce some beautiful art.

Teacher Tip

Deepen the connection between this art project and the book The Very Busy Spider by playing the book on YouTube as your Lil’ works.

We found a good reading HERE (I do not show Rea the screen because that would just distract her).

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