Spider Magazine Stories, Games, Activites and Puzzles for Children and Kids

Spider Magazine Stories, Games, Activites and Puzzles for Children and Kids

March 2020

Stories, poems, and nonfiction articles are carefully selected to encourage students to read on their own, drawn along by bright illustrations and detailed drawings by famous children's artists. SPIDER also offers fun ways for young readers to practice critical thinking skills with riddles, puzzles, and other games. Grades 2-4

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Cricket Media, Inc.
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3 min.
doodlebug & dandelion

“HEY, DANDELION! RUDYARD!” Doodlebug Pinkley said, catching up with his sister and their cousin. “I just saw something really weird.” Doodlebug and Dandelion’s mom had brought them to Woody-Woods Park for a nature hike billed as “an afternoon of fascinating fun.” Doodlebug had found the fun kind of boring though. He’d slipped out of line to look for insects along the edge of the trail, but had spied something much better. “What?” Dandelion said, totally uninterested. The hikers’ guide was explaining why two rare treetop bristlebirds were braiding each other’s long tail feathers. Dandelion and Rudyard couldn’t look away. “Listen, listen, Dandelion!” Doodlebug insisted, huffing and puffing with impatience. “I just saw a little green man crouching behind a bush. I said, ‘Hey!’ and he jumped.” Now he had their attention. “An alien?!” Rudyard sounded…

1 min.
rainbow pancakes

TOP O’ THE MORNIN’! Welcome to Larry the Leprechaun’s Diner. Today’s special is rainbow pancakes, topped with a dollop o’ gold. What You’ll Need: 2 cups of your favorite pancake batter 6 small bowls red, yellow, and blue food coloring skillet spatula liquid gold (syrup will do) What to Do: 1. Divide batter evenly among 6 bowls, one for each color: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. 2. For red, yellow, and blue batter, add one drop of food coloring at a time and stir. For orange, mix red and yellow; for green, mix yellow and blue; for purple, mix blue and red. 3. With an adult’s help, heat a lightly greased pan on medium-high. Pour batter for one colored pancake onto the pan. Flip pancake when the batter bubbles all over (its underside will be brown). But don’t overcook…

5 min.
watch out for the hedley beast

THERE WAS ONCE a cheerful old woman named Tessie who lived by herself in a tiny cottage outside of town. Tessie was very poor, but she earned a living by doing simple chores for the farmers’ wives around the village. They paid her with a small meal, a cup of tea, and a few coins here and there. That was enough for Tessie. She was a happy old soul who didn’t seem to have a care in the world. Tessie had a long walk home after work, so the housewives always sent her home early. They didn’t want her to meet up with the fearsome Hedley Beast that lurked about at night. It was a terrible creature that hollered and screamed and was able to turn itself into all sorts of…

3 min.
harry, the wind is blowing

HARRY WAS AFRAID of the wind. It whistled under his door. It made the iron fence hum eerie music. The wind followed Harry home from the school bus. It blew off his hat. At night it made the trees creak in the woods near his house. It made sheets drying on the line sound like thunder. “How can anyone be afraid of the wind?” asked Harry’s friend Emma. Harry shrugged. But it didn’t change the way he felt. Harry’s friend Liam thought being afraid of the wind was a waste of time. That didn’t help Harry either. Harry’s friend Antony didn’t make fun of Harry. “You’ll get over it, Harry,” he said. Sometimes that made Harry feel better. But not for long. On windy days Harry stood at his window and…

1 min.
flying with kites

WHEN THE WIND is blowing just right, something magical takes to the skies. Kites! Kites fly in much the same way that airplanes do. Air moving over the flat surface of a kite creates low pressure above and high pressure below and lifts the kite. Airplanes have engines that keep them moving forward. Kites have strings that tether them to the ground. You’ve probably flown a kite with one long string. This is called a single-line kite. Maybe yours was shaped like a diamond, a butterfly, or a dragon. Single-line kites come in all shapes and sizes imaginable, including boxes, wheels, and giant creatures that inflate in the wind. Kites with two strings are called dual-line or stunt kites. The person holding the strings can steer the kite as it flies. A skilled…

4 min.
cloud fishing

BAREFOOT JEAN AND her brown dog, Barley, ran to the top of the green, grassy hill. The sun shone down as she looked up into the deep sea-blue sky. Above her sailed billowing cloud ships with tall sails unfurled. Nimbus whales breached, blocking the sun, while wisps of cirrus clouds rippled like seaweed. Jean watched as a lazy school of cloud fish drifted by, carried along the sky’s gentle currents. Jean scratched her nose, squinted her eyes, and said to herself, “I want to catch a fish.” Barley barked excitedly as they ran down the hill, through the woods, and back to the house for supplies. Jean found her sturdy green-and-gold kite in the closet. “If you’re going to catch a cloud fish,” Jean instructed Barley, “you’ve got to have good bait.” From a sewing…