Thursday, October 1, 2009

Once Upon a Book ~ The Scarecrow and the Spider


The Scarecrow and the Spider

by Todd Aaron Smith

Summary: Benny, a lonely scarecrow, befriends a spider who explains that God is always watching over both of them.

Read the following verse together with your little one and try to learn it together. Talk about how God watches over us all the time and protects us. Then you can talk about how the scarecrows job is to protect the farmers crops from crows.

"The LORD will watch over your coming
and going both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121:8

What You'll Need:
  • Paper Plate
  • Paint
  • Construction Paper (cut into a hat shape)
  • Yellow Construction Paper Strips
  • Googly Eyes
  • Triangle Nose
  • Glue

How To Make:
  1. Have your LO paint the paper plate.
  2. Glue the construction paper strips on the top for straw hair
  3. Glue the hat on top of that, and add the eyes and nose.
  4. Have your LO add a line with crayon for the mouth or draw the mouth.
  5. Set aside to dry.
  6. When dry, hang your cute scarecrow up.

Number 8 Spider

Talk about how the spiders body is shaped like a number 8 and they have 8 legs.

What You'll Need:
  • Number 8
  • Construction Paper(black like the spider in the book or have your LO pick out a color)
  • 8 strips of construction paper for legs
  • a handful of googly eyes
  • Glue

How To Make:
  1. Print off or hand draw a number 8.
  2. Cut it out of construction paper to make it more durable.
  3. Cut out 8 legs and give your LO a handful of googly eyes.
  4. Have your LO assemble the spider to their liking; set aside to dry.

More Books


The Scarecrow's Hat
written and illustrated by Ken Brown

Summary: Chicken thinks Scarecrow's hat will make a nice nest, but first she must swap with Badger, Crow, Sheep, Owl, and Donkey.


The Itsy Bitsy Spider
illustrated by Robert Snyder

Summary: Join the itsy bitsy spider as his family cheers him on, in this playful take on a beloved nursery rhyme. (really cute and plays music)

God's Protection

Shaoey and Dot ~ A Thunder and Lightning Bug Story
by Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman

Summary: When the lights go out during a lightning storm, Shaoey, a young Chinese American girl, is frightened until Dot the ladybug reminds her of God's protection.

This book is a great book ~ we love it!

My list of books to buy just gets longer and longer with all the great books we've done for Once Upon a Book. Want to see what's coming next (and books we've done in the past)? Click here to see our Once Upon a Book webpage!

1 comment:

Mama Ruck said...

Thanks for the book idea. I remember reading The Scarecrow's Hat when I was teaching preschool.