Saturday, September 10, 2011
Crayon Resist Spider Webs
One of my not so favorite things about fall, is the influx of spiders into the house. The younger girls, think their webs are beautiful. I'm not so sure about that, but I do have to admit, the now-you-see-it-now-you-don't quality of the silky constructions, always makes me think of crayon resist projects.
So, this week, after reading Lydia Monks' Aaaarrgghh! Spider!, which tells the story of a spider in the house, from the spider's perspective, we worked on an art project together. I gave the girls white crayons to draw webs on white butcher's paper, shiny side down...
...and then water colors to make them appear, just like when the sun shines through the windows, revealing all the cobwebs in the corners.
We made, and revealed several webs, and found the best results (like in the picture at the top of this post) came with nice, thickly drawn lines. C (age 5), had difficulty drawing her lines thick enough. Large, chunky crayons would probably work best, even for children into 1st grade, for this particular project.
It's great to be a homeschooler.