Your kiddos will have a great time creating and learning with these engaging spider activities. It's great for any time of year but I think autumn is the best time to explore. Creepy crawlies are a sure fire way to "bite" engagement into your lessons or just a rainy day family project on a Saturday afternoon. In this article you'll find spelling, writing, reading, math, science and social studies ideas. So let's keep reading to find out more!
1. Spider spelling activity
This spider spelling activity from Sylvan Learning lets kiddos practice their spelling. A fun activity for a center or extra practice in a small group setting. Your students can practice simple cvc words or extending it to digraphs, trigraphs and other spelling patterns: tricky might be divided as tr i ck y. Warning: this activity could have a lot of pre-assembly!
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2. Syllable Bats
These syllable bats from the Institute for Multisensory Education (IMSE) are a cute and fun way to practice blending syllables. What's fun about this is that it is scaffolded for your child's ability. Use the worksheet that is best for your child or use all three: use the first page to say and write words, the second to practice reading and the 3rd to brainstorm and create your own words! Pro tip: print out the worksheet you want to use, place it in a clear plastic page protector and write on it using a white board marker. It will erase as easily as a clean white board!
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3. Spider Morpheme
Also from the Institute for Multisensory Education (IMSE), and Orton Gillingham training center, this spider morpheme (the smallest unit of sound that has meaning) worksheet will help your kiddos say the word, tap the word with their fingers, and blend the word. Same pro tip from number two will do for this one too!
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4. Spectacular Spider Activities
These Pinterest inspired Spectacular Spider Activities from Early Learning Ideas.com are a fun way to create engagement in our early learners or emergent learners at the Prek-1st grade level! To use for early 1:1 correspondence activities, letter recognition and name recognition.
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5. Spider Counting Sensory Activity
From A Dab of Glue Will Do here is a Pinterest Spider Counting Sensory Activity. This activity blends counting, fine motor skills and sensory. Cooked spaghetti, big or small fake spiders, and tweezers make for a slimy, sticky activity. Use ice trays to aid in counting and practice 1:1 correspondence!
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6. Math in the World Around Us- Spiderweb
This video from Adventure Academy is all about Geometry in spiderwebs. Use string, yarn or pipe cleaners to test the theories from the video! Use paper and markers or colored pencils or even a geoboard with elastics to create your own web using one or multiple of the geometric properties taught in the video!
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7. The Purple Alphabet
From the Purple Alphabet here is a video with lots of fun sensory and math activities you can do with your kiddos about spiders. For young ones in preschool and lower elementary! Includes counting, 1:1 correspondence, and more!
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8. Engaging Littles
Engaging Littles has a treasure trove of spider based activities for OT, reading, math, social skills, emotional regulation and sensory activities! A treasure trove for the special education teacher, I see rhyme, counting, scissor skills, crafts, science experiments, emotions and movement activities for kids.
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9. Amy Lemons
Great for our older elementary kiddos, Amy Lemons shares addition and subtraction activities, super cute fact hats, compare/contrast activities, diagraming, and upper elementary level nonfiction texts.
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10. 2nd Grade Spider Unit
This fun 2nd grade spider unit offers another full unit of activities for the 2nd grade level! Includes KWL chart, compare and contrast, true/false, vocabulary, non fiction text, etc. Great for not just 2nd grade, it can be modified for lower and higher levels of skills!
Learn more: The Applicious Teacher
11. Printable Spider Activity
Kindergarten Connection gives us a cute and fun printable spider activity. A great way to learn the color sight words, this printable activity helps kids practice their sight word recognition and coloring skills! Some fun ideas for sight word recognition could be sight word exercise (for each letter in the word, touch a body part. For "red" touch head for r, waist for e and knees for d!), make one set of sight word cards for each student (could be a fun center activity!) have kids place each paper on the floor so they can see each word, say "jump on red" and the kids jump on red, say "jump on blue" and the kids jump on blue.
Learn more: The Kindergarten Connection
12. Learn about Spiders
Autism Tank offers a unit to learn about spiders for kids with autism spectrum disorder. It includes upper elementary level activities for vocabulary, facts, and graphic organizers. Not just for kiddos with autism, it can be modified for all children!
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13. Fun Spider Web Activities
Here are some fun spider web activities you can make with things around and inside your house! From Right From the Start, these are activities for early learners that includes making a life size web using yarn and the underside of a kitchen table or a hula hoop!
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14. Spider Unit
This PDF from Pre-school Plan It has a spider unit. It includes learning center activities, file folder games, calendar pieces, and more. So much fun for young children!
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15. Montessori-Inspired Spider Activities
Living Montessori now offers these Montessori inspired spider activities. Fun activities await such as crafts, counting, addition/subtraction, spelling and others! Montessori is a classroom model that allows for play and choice. They believe that an open classroom built on child led learning rather than teacher led instruction is the best way to teach young children!
Learn more: Living Montessori Now
16. Simple Spider Web Activities
Fun and simple spider web activities from In Spontaneous Speech. Speech therapy helps kiddos with speech and language delays. Activities include basic following directions, up/down/across/left/right, and articulation!
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17. Spider Threading Fine Motor Activity
The Resourceful Mamma gives us this cute and simple spider threading fine motor activity. Fine motor skills use your fingers to do simple, small movements such as threading. This idea uses spider rings, plates and straws! Great for OT, a class game, an experiment or a family fun activity!
Learn more: The Resourceful Mama
18. Spider Web Team Building
This spiderweb team building activity could be a fun family bonding game or a classroom community building activity for morning meeting or the like. From Twinkl.com! this is a cooperative, communication team building activity!
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19. Spider Unit
This spider unit for Kindergarten and First grade from Primary Theme Park is cute and fun! It includes crafts, nonfiction comprehension, science, STEM, writing and more!
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20. DIY Walking Spider
Last but not least here is a super fun DIY walking spider craft from the youtube channel Paper Magic! Simple and easy, it can be for any developmental level all the way up through upper elementary.
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