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

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

May/June 2021
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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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United States
Cricket Media, Inc.
9 Issues

in this issue

5 min.
something to hum about

“THEY TALK TO each other, you know,” said Rudyard Pinkley. “They’re probably talking right now.” Rudyard was sitting with his cousins Doodlebug and Dandelion on a big blanket in the neighborhood arboretum. Doodlebug and Dandelion stared at Rudyard. “Who talks to each other?” Dandelion asked. “Our pets,” Rudyard replied, pointing to the animals. Nearby, his cat Moth and Doodlebug and Dandelion’s little Abyssinian Choo-Choo frolicked together with their dog Don’t. Kazoo, their pygmy owl, was riding Don’t’s back, wings outstretched like a rodeo star. Doodlebug and Dandelion watched the pets. “How do you know?” Doodlebug asked. “I just do,” Rudyard said. “It’s like their minds hear each other.” “That’s called telepathy,” Dandelion informed him, very interested in this topic. “Being able to communicate mentally.” “They’re doing it,” Rudyard said with absolute certainty. “I call it humming.” “Humming,” Dandelion repeated.…

5 min.
cracks of gold

EVERYTHING ABOUT MOVING day is a puzzle. I don’t know where the boxes should go or anything about our new building on a new street. Our old life is broken into pieces and packed up in piled boxes. I wonder if it will ever fit back together again. Mom introduces me to our new neighbors, the Satos. Mrs. Sato works with Mom at the job she just started. Mr. Sato helps me push our heavy recliner down the hall. He asks questions about the school I’ll be transferring to, but I don’t know any of the answers. Mom says it’s a fresh start, but it feels broken to me. I just want things to go back to how they were before. After the first day at my new school, I walk home…

4 min.
beautiful breaks

WHEN SOMETHING BREAKS, throw it away and buy a new one. Right? Gen Saratani aims to change that way of thinking one broken bowl at a time. This artist says that the idea that ceramics can be repaired is a shock to most people. Gen enjoys letting them know that “you don’t need to be sad when you have a chip or a break in a precious family treasure.” Not only can it be fixed, but it can be made more lovely with an ancient Japanese art called kintsugi. Gen’s family has practiced traditional Japanese lacquer art for three generations. In kintsugi, chipped and cracked ceramics are repaired using the Japanese lacquer urushi. Urushi is the sap of a tree that grows in East Asia. The tree is a cousin of…

4 min.
the artist’s challenge

ALL GREECE WAS talking about the gifted young artist, Parrhasiusor so it seemed to another painter, Zeuxis. “Bah!” he snorted. “I could paint better than he could when I was a baby smearing mud on the wall.” Other Greeks felt differently. Officials were buying Parrhasius’s paintings to display in public buildings. Young artists were studying his works as they did those of master painters like Zeuxis. Outraged, Zeuxis said, “I’ve worked long and hard for fame. Didn’t I invent new ways to make paintings more lifelike?” This was true. Zeuxis used color and shading that made his paintings of heroes and the gods look more three-dimensional. Yet as the young artist’s recognition grew, Zeuxis believed that Parrhasius was becoming his rival. An upstart, he thought. He doesn’t deserve such acclaim so soon. Often…

3 min.
billy mcbeal and the best part of art

Billy McBeal was a whole lot of fun. He could sing, he could dance, he could hit a home run. He was awesome at reading and science and chess. He could cook up a storm without making a mess. He would make his friends laugh when he wiggled his ears. He would make them cheer up when their eyes filled with tears. He was pretty good looking and splendidly smart. But the one thing that Billy was bad at was art. Whatever the class would be doing that day (whether drawing or painting or papier-mâché), it was something he thought that he couldnʼt produce, so he always came up with the perfect excuse: “It will waste too much paper. Itʼs bad for the trees. It will ruin my clothes, or Iʼll catch a…

1 min.
magnet painting

What You’ll Need: 2 large blocks or thick books newspaper thin cardboard paper tape small metal objects like washers, bolts, or paper clips strong magnet sewing thread tempera paints What to Do: 1. Place newspaper across the blocks and then the cardboard on top, leaving room underneath to move your hands. Tape paper to the cardboard. 2. Tie the metal objects together with different lengths of thread. 3. Dip the metal objects in paint and lay them on the paper. 4. With your hand under the cardboard, move the magnet around. The magnet will “paint” as it moves the metal objects and thread across the paper. You can also spoon paint on the paper and drag the objects through it. For twice the fun, invite a friend to sit across from you and paint a picture together!…