Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It's Playtime: Spectacular Spiders

I have a love/hate relationship with spiders. Inside my house, they are creepy, invading my space and freaking-out my family. Outside, spiders are fascinating and a thing of beauty.
I found this spider at my parent's house in their rose buses.  It's beautifully constructed web waits for a passing fly or bee.  I wanted to get closer but a large section of ice-plant (and buzzing bees) grew between the sidewalk and the spider.  I feared the bees stings more then this amazing creature.  Spiders work so hard to catch the bugs we despise.  If there were no spiders in our world, we would be over run with flies and other insects.  I don't want to even imagine a world with out them!

At Halloween we celebrate spiders for the horrific, marvelous and creepy beings they are.  So this week's It's Playtime will also celebrate spiders...preschool style!

My favorite post this past week are these glorious Glow in the Dark Spider Balls from All Artful.  They are simpler to make then they appear and the end result is outstanding!

 Chicken Babies created this Lair of the Spider Queen play/adventure course, surprising her young children after nap.  Streamers + Spider Rings= Afternoon Adventures!

No preschool Halloween is complete without Golf Ball Webs and Finger Spiders!  Instead of the traditional black and white marble or golf ball webs, happy hooligans used some Halloween inspired colors for a more whimsical feel.  And of course, the googly eyes on the spider remove all spidery creepiness!  

Who doesn't want to eat these Incy Wincy Spider Chocolate Treats from Puddles and Gumboots?

If you were featured this week, don't forget to grab your special "featured button."

Now, on to this weeks play date! 
It's Playtime is a community and Thursday link-up hosted by:

* Rachele : Messy Kids (That's me!)
* Anna : The Imagination Tree
* Rachel : Quirky Momma
* Jamie : hands on : as we grow
* Jenny : Let the Children Play

How to Play :
* Link up a post about a playful learning experience enjoyed by kids.
* Give us love and pop a button into your post/blog. Invite your readers to the weekly play date!

* Stop by one of our blogs every Thursday and add your link about play. Your link will show up on each of the blogs in the It's Playtime community.
* Each week the playtime hosts will choose favorite posts to feature. (By linking you are giving us permission to use an image and link to you, if featured.)
* Be sure to visit some of the links that catch your eye. Commenting on posts that you find interesting or inspiring is a wonderful way to develop your own playful community.

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