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

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

October 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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4 min.
the past principals

“LET’S GET OUT of here fast!” Doodlebug Pinkley said as he, his sister Dandelion, his classmate Sherwin Winsher, and their friend Bog left the Pine Nut Elementary School auditorium. “Sherwin and I need to get to Tom Thumb Hobbies and pick out stuff for our new costumes.” “We’re not dressing as Vikings anymore,” added Sherwin. “We want a new look.” “And I need more decorations for our party tonight,” Dandelion added. School had just been dismissed after a Friday afternoon all-school assembly about Pine Nut’s new Hall of Past Principals exhibit. Everyone was eager to leave for the weekend because the following night was Halloween. Now the whole student population was clogging up the school’s main exit. In the crowd, the four kids came across the Pinkleys’ cousin Rudyard and Dandelion’s friends Tomiko and Beepdee.…

5 min.
the goblin in the synagogue cellar

ONG AGO IN Eastern Europe, a synagogue stood in the center of a village. All the townspeople were proud of their fine synagogue, the biggest building for miles and miles around. One afternoon, the rabbi was leaving the synagogue to visit Mrs. Moskowitz, a widow who lived just outside of town. Mrs. Moskowitz had broken her leg earlier that week, and the rabbi hoped a visit would cheer her up. As the rabbi put on his hat and coat, he heard a thumping sound. The noise came from below his feet. Is there something in the cellar? the rabbi wondered. He bent down and put his ear to the floor. He heard a scratching sound and then a clang. “Maybe I should look into this,” the rabbi said to himself. He looked at…

4 min.
it came from the trash

IT’S A BEAUTIFUL day for a walk in the woods. But as you turn down a bend in the path, you look up and see a gigantic face peering down at you. A troll! Don’t worry, it’s not going to eat you. It’s a sculpture by an artist named Thomas Dambo . . . and it’s made out of trash! Some artists use paint and paintbrushes. Others use clay and stone. Others still use wool and fabric. Thomas Dambo uses trash. When Thomas was a boy growing up in Denmark, he liked building things. BIG things, like tree houses and skateboard ramps. But Thomas had no money to buy the materials he needed. So what did he do? He biked around his neighborhood looking for discarded trash he could recycle for his…

1 min.
polybius’s cipher square

A CIPHER HAS numbers or symbols in the place of each letter in a secret message. Old Polybius—a famous Greek historian—made up this cipher to send secret messages when he was captured by soldiers in 168 b.c. The letter that each pair of numbers represents lies at the intersection of those two numbers on the cipher square. The first number in the pair is the vertical number, and the second number is the horizontal number. Using the square, can you figure out the answer to the riddle below? Who adds, subtracts, multiplies, and bumps into light bulbs?…

3 min.
theseus and the minotaur

T HE HEAVY GATE slammed shut, blocking out the cruel cackle of King Minos. Alone, Theseus squinted into the silent darkness, the blood and braveness draining from his face. Why had he volunteered to be a hero? His father, King Aegeus, had tried to talk him out of it. The prince could be home in Athens right now, lounging in his palace and feasting on figs. Instead, Theseus had set sail for the most feared place in all of Greece: the island of Crete, ruled by the wicked King Minos. Now the prince was locked in an endless labyrinth with more twists and turns than any maze in history. But being lost in the labyrinth forever was not what scared Theseus the most. What lurked deep in the underground tunnels sent chills…

1 min.
dine like the greek gods

AMBROSIA (serves 4) What You’ll Need: 4 dessert bowls, the fancier the better9 ounces ricotta cheese or plain Greek yogurt4 tablespoons honey1 cup dried figs, sliced*½ cup unsalted pistachios (optional)*Ask an adult to do this. What to Do: 1. Spoon an equal amount of ricotta or yogurt into each dessert bowl. 2. Divide the figs evenly between the bowls. 3. Sprinkle with pistachio nuts, if using. Drizzle with honey. 4. Use your best dessert spoon to feast on the food of the gods. NECTAR (serves more) What You’ll Need: ancient Greek krater (a punch bowl will do) 1 quart sparkling water1 quart red grape juice1 quart white grape juice2 cups pomegranate juice6 fresh plums, diced* small bunch of seedless grapes, sliced* *Ask an adult to do this. What to Do: 1. Mix the sparkling water and juices in the krater or punch bowl. Add the…