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

Spider Magazine Stories, Games, Activites and Puzzles for Children and Kids April 2019

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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doodlebug & dandelion dress code

“HEAR YE, STUDENTS!” blasted a voice through the intercom system and into every classroom at Pine Nut Elementary School. “Our beloved Principal Hogwobble has ordered a dress code, starting today. From now on all students will wear smart little beanies, color-coded to show their grade level. More information in the cafeteria at lunchtime! Enjoy!” The loudspeakers went silent, but throughout the school, everyone could hear kids groaning and hissing. The racket got so loud that the teachers couldn’t even hear themselves speak. And before any of them regained control, the bell rang. Lunchtime! “This hat business sounds awful!” said Dandelion Pinkley as she plunked down at the usual lunch table with her friends Tomiko and Beepde. Already seated were her brother Doodlebug, their cousin Rudyard, their friend Bog, and Sherwin Winsher, Doodlebug’s…

eyes in the back of your head

D ID YOU EVER wish that you had eyes in the back of your head? Some animals look like they do! However, these “eyes” aren’t for seeing—in fact, they can’t see at all and are called false eyes or eyespots. It’s easy to be fooled by eyespots—after all, they look a lot like eyes. They’re large and round, and they seem to stare. They even have what looks like an iris (the round, colored part of an eyeball), and a pupil (the inner circle inside the iris). Yet despite their strong resemblance to real eyes, eyespots are just designs, or patterns, found on different parts of an animal’s body, including feathers, fins, or fur. They can be seen on the tails of peacocks, the wings of butterflies, and the skin of frogs.…

yolk-ing around!

What You’ll Need: vanilla yogurtcanned peach halvespeeled apple slices (ask an adult to peeland cut for you, or use presliced apples)platespoonplastic knife What to Do: 1. Scoop a few spoonfuls of yogurt onto the plate. With the spoon, spread yogurt out into a blob about the size of your hand. 2. Drain the canned peaches. Take one peach half and place it cut-side down on the yogurt. 3. With a plastic knife, cut apple slices into skinny, French fry-shaped pieces. Put the apple slices on the plate next to the fake egg. Serve your “fried” breakfast with a smile. Try not to laugh until after your diners have taken a bite, and don’t forget to say, “ April Fools!”…

picture day

GENEVIEVE D’AMICO WOKE that morning feeling like something was supposed to happen. Was it Saturday, pancake day? Were Nona and her cousins coming over? No, it wasn’t either of those things. Could it be her birthday? No, that wasn’t for sixty-two more days. After some cereal with chocolate milk, she brushed her teeth, decided not to brush her hair, and went to her room to get dressed. Her shiny, puffy pink dress lay across her bed. Maybe it was her birthday. “MOM!” she yelled, “IS IT MY BIRTHDAY?!” Her mother was busy packing her lunch. “Unh? ISH FICKER BAY!” She removed a piece of toast from her mouth. “Honey, it’s picture day at school, remember?” Vivie got excited. Then, staring at what her mom picked out for her, she slumped. She did not like that…

friendship bracelets forever

THE STAIRCASE FRIENDSHIP bracelet is a funky accessory that looks hard, but is as easy as learning a simple knot. Once you learn to make one, you won’t be able to stop! What You’ll Need: embroidery floss ruler scissors tape What to Do: step 1 1. Choose five colors of embroidery floss and cut a two-foot string of each. Tie the strings together about three inches from one end. Tape the strings to a table just above the knot. step 2 2. Pick your first color and move that string to the left. Cross the end of the string over the rest of the colors, so it looks like the number “4.” step 3 3. Loop the end of the string under the other colors and through the middle of the “4.” step 4 4. Gently pull the string tight. step 5 5.…

hobby friday

CHRIS LOOKED AT the clock again. Only five more minutes before school let out. “On Friday,” said his Creative Learning teacher, Mrs. Griswell, “be prepared to share your favorite hobby with the class. And please bring samples to show everyone!” Chris groaned. No way am I going to talk about my favorite hobby, he thought. His older brother, Wes, teased him about it enough—and his dad didn’t think much of it, either. After school, Chris’s friend Nick plopped down beside him on the bus. “So what’re you gonna do for that hobby thing?” “Uh, I guess I can show my baseball cards,” Chris mumbled. No one except his family knew about his real hobby. “Cool,” said Nick. “I’ll bring in some of my hockey posters.” As the bus pulled out of the parking lot, Brian tapped…