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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

January 2021

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

3 min.
doodlebug & dandelion

“WHAT A DOWNPOUR!” Mrs. Pinkley exclaimed, gazing out the wide front window. Outside, the world was awash with heavy rain. “We’ll have to cancel our New Year’s Eve Musical Gala in Palm Tree Park.” Her children, Doodlebug and Dandelion, groaned in dismay. Their mother had organized the event and signed up all the best musicians around. Plus, she’d hired a renowned opera singer, a real diva, with a divine, crowd-attracting voice. “Why don’t we bring the gala inside?” Mr. Pinkley suggested. “A house concert.” Now Doodlebug and Dandelion cheered. A musical house party sounded like tons of fun. “Let’s put all the performers in different rooms,” Dandelion suggested, “so people can go hear whatever kind of music they want.” The plan was getting better and better—music all over the house! In minutes, they were…

3 min.
ice music

EVERY WINTER IN Luleå, Sweden, a remote town located just beneath the Arctic Circle, people are treated to a special concert. It’s not like any concert or recital you might have been to. The concert hall is an igloo, and all the musicians play instruments made almost entirely of ice! These ice concerts have also traveled to places such as Beaver Creek, Colorado, and the Italian Alps. Tim Linhart sculpts instruments made entirely from ice except for the strings and a few small metal and wood parts. Linhart, who grew up in New Mexico and is a stone sculptor in warm months, creates his ice instruments in his garden in Sweden. It takes him about six weeks to create enough ice instruments, called ICEstruments, for a frozen orchestra. Linhart sculpts icy violins,…

4 min.
a very special gift for grandma

January 27 Dear Diary, Mom says it’s Grandma’s birthday next week. Jack says he’s going to make her something out of LEGO® blocks. Does Grandma even like that stuff? I want to give her something she’ll like. I know she really likes music because she always takes me to recitals at Carnegie Hall. The music’s nice, but I really like the bucket of peppermints they have in the front. You can just help yourself. My grandma always takes one just in case she coughs in the middle of the performance, but I grab a whole bunch. I need to think of something fast. It has to be really special and better than Jack’s gift. January 29 Dear Diary, Guess what? I know what to get my grandma. A birthday recital! Shhh. I don’t want Jack to know. I…

1 min.
r.a.o.k. spinner

AN R.A.O.K., OR “random act of kindness,” is something you do to make someone feel good, just because. Spread some New Year’s cheer with this R.A.O.K. spinner! What You’ll Need: paper plate scissors markers thin cardboard or recycled file folder crayons brass brad What to Do: 1. Write down the names of 4 to 8 people you’d like to be extra nice to this year. 2. Use a marker to divide the back of the paper plate into pie-shaped sections. The number of sections should be the same as the number of people on your list. Label each section with a name from your list. Draw a picture of each person inside his/her pie piece. 3. Cut out an arrow-shaped pointer from the cardboard or file folder. Attach the pointer to the center of your plate…

5 min.
the sacrifice of the rainbow bird

THIS STORY IS from the early days of the world, when animals still talked to humans. The Sun and the Moon were already in place, as were most of the stars in the sky. But around this time, seasons had gradually settled upon the world, and the Earth’s creatures were bewildered by the changes—especially the long, cruel cold of winter. In those days, the world was having its first terrible winter, and everyone was suffering. The birds were trying to fly south but had little idea where to fly and where to rest. The field mice were still learning how to store up food—it still hadn’t occurred to them that they needed to hide the nuts and seeds they gathered. The bears, unskilled at hibernation, were waking up at all hours…

1 min.
outdoor activity

John P., age 6 Mechanicsville, Virginia Audrey K., age 9 Wylie, Texas Camping Aviva B., age 7 Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Playing Ball with Mom Genevieve Balboa, age 7 Armonk, New York Lucy Coryell, age 10 Mount Vernon, Maine Joshua B., age 8 Fulton, Maryland Evangeline Bowders, age 6 Collierville, Tennessee Play Hopscotch Penelope Wilson, age 10 Kokomo, Indiana Catching Crawdads at the Park with Friends! Deniz Kunakhovich, age 7 Kansas City, Kansas Picnic Emily Graham, age 10 Ave Maria, Florida Soccer Sarah R., age 10 Jupiter, Florida Ruby B., age 8 Seattle, Washington Roller-Skating…