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Tarantulas are huge, hairy, and terrifying! Learn more about this colorful, mysterious arthropod before designing one's own colorful, eight-legged creature.
Tarantulas live in burrows in dry deserts or humid rainforests. They use their silk to line their nests or cover their burrow openings to guard against intruders. They also spin silk drag lines to use as trip wires, letting them know when an enemy or prey is near. Invite students to conduct an investigation into the life of a tarantula, what it preys upon, what serves as its nourishment, how them move, their unique fangs, as well as other interesting facts that students select.
Once their research is complete, invite students to create their own unique version of this amazing creature. Begin by providing the class construction paper, Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, scissors, Crayola Twistables, and Crayola School Glue.
Instruct students to fold construction paper in half. Use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils to sketch the large head and even larger thorax (body) of the spider. Cut out sketches with Crayola Scissors. Students will have two identical shapes of each piece, one each for the top and bottom. Use Crayola Twistables to create a vividly colored head and body. Color all four pieces. Try contrasting stripes, dots, plaid, zigzags, or any design for this new species.
Draw, color, and cut out two fangs, and two sets of four eyes on stalks. Use Crayola School Glue to attach the fangs to the front underside of the head. Bend the eye stalks. Glue the eyes standing upright to the top of the head. Air-dry the glue.
To make legs, wind two different colors of chenille sticks together. Make eight legs. Bend the feet and "knees." Color long thin strips of paper. Cut into rectangles. Wrap and glue rectangles as elbows and ankles onto the legs of your tarantula. Air-dry the rectangles.
Apply glue around the edges of the body pieces, leaving a space open for stuffing. Slide two pairs of legs between the glued areas on each side of the head and thorax. Air-dry the glue thoroughly.
Students label their tarantulas with a colorful, descriptive names.
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