Kids will have fun exploring spiders for kids with these fun spider theme filled with spider crafts, spider activities, and lots of themed educational activities for a bug or insect unit. This spider theme for preschoolers, toddlers, kindergartners, and first grade students is perfect during October.
Spiders for Kids
All About Spiders for Kids
For our Bug Unit we used lots of ideas in Play and Find Out about Bugs. It has fun, creative, interesting, and educational ideas for kids 3-7 years old to explore BUGS. It was the perfect way to have some Science fun with all three of my young children pictured at 2, 4, and 7.
Of course I added some crafts, good books, and snacks, and other learning activities to create a full theme!
Spider Web Game for Preschoolers
I decided to create some excitement from the moment they woke up! As soon as they walked down the stairs they ran into a HUGE (Mommy made) spider web! There was even a giant spider in the web – eek! The kids LOVED going through the web obstacle course trying not to get stuck. Tinker Bell liked to climb into the middle & just sit – it was too cute! (I used black painters tape which looked great, was sticky to resemble a web, but came off the walls EASILY!)
This Spider Web Game for Preschoolers was such a hit! It was fun for them to feel like a spider or prey trying to navigate out of the spider web! Besides being fun, it is great for stretching and working on large motor muscles!
This spider math for pre k and kindergarten was lots of fun. put the sheet in a page protector so we could write and erase with a dry erase marker. You can use it in a variety of ways:
- Spider Counting – Write a number on the mat and have your child count the spiders (plastic spiders, playdough spiders, or mini eraser spiders) and place the correct number of spiders on the web.
- Spider Addition – Roll one dice and write the number rolled on the first line. Count out the same number of spiders to place on the first web. Now roll again and write the addend on the 2nd line; again count out as many spiders as you rolled and place on the printable. Finally, add the numbers together to get the sum. If you count all the spiders on the webs what number do you get
- Spider Addition 2 – You can do the same procedure as the spider addition game, but this time have your student roll 2 dice at a time for larger numbers to add together.
>> Click here to download the Preschool & Addition Spider Math Sheets <<
Preschool spider craft
We made two different spider crafts for preschoolers. One was a spider handprint art project and the other was a fingerprint spider activity.
- You can see how to make the super cute (and creepy) spider handprint craft in our tutorial here.
- For the fingerprint spiders, you will need a piece of paper, black marker, washable ink (in the colors of your choosing) and little google eyes. Have your child place their thumb (or finger if you prefer) on the ink pad. No press your inked finger on the page to create the spider body. Repeat about 5 times. Now use a baby wipe or soap and water to help your child clean off their finger. Using a marker (crayons or colored pencils will also work). Draw a line from the top of the page to the spider – who is hanging from a silk thread. Now Add 4 legs to each side of the spider. Finally, once the ink has dried, use glue or sticky google eyes to give your cute spider craft eyes. How cute is that!
Classic Spider Movie for Kids
We read the classic book Charlotte’s Web by E. R. White that every child should read at least once. Both Minnie (4) and Goofy (7) enjoyed it thoroughly. Goofy cracked me up during the part where Wilbur finds out pigs get slaughtered Goofy said Oh, NO! But…. pigs are so delicious! That’s my meat-loving boy =-) We also watched the movie for family movie night. I really enjoyed this movie and it was very true to the book – beautifully done!
Spider Books for Kids
We read some fun spider books for kids including both educational books and silly books. We learned that spiders are NOT insects as they only have 2 body parts (insects have 3: head, abdomen, thorax) and 8 legs (insects only have 6). We also learned about a Spider’s life cycle and about spider webs and their uses.
Spider Hunt Nature Activity
We observed spider webs in our backyard – in their natural habitat. The kids loved running around with their magnifying glass on a spider hunt!
Glow in the Dark Spider Web Activity for Kids
Finally we made a glowing spider web to hang in the kids rooms! This was by far our favorite bug project!! Click here to find out how we made this.
Spider Activities for Kids
- Spider Counting Activities for Preschoolers
- Spider Shape Sorting Activity – help the spider trap the items in his web that are the same shape as his web
- S is for Spider Handprint art
- Spooky Spider Counting Game
- Spider Shapes Worksheets for Preschool
- Life Cycle of a Spider Worksheet
- Easy Spider Slime Slime
- Glow in the Dark Spider Web
- Animal classification worksheets
- Animal Classification Cootie Catchers
- Free Printable Bug Activities (tons of resources for a whole week and more!)
- All About Worm Worksheets
- Counting Bugs Printable Counting Book
- Catch 20 – Bugs Counting Game
- Bug Find the Letter
- Count to 30 Bug Counting Activity
- Bug Preschool Measurement Worksheets