A Day’s Lesson
Book Please Don’t Step on Us
Go Outside Grab the bug catchers and head outside on a spider hunt. Find the friendliest 8-legged buddy and snatch him as gently as you can from his web. See Science (i.e. Spider Island) to find out what to do next!
Get Physical This is a fun activity for a smaller group to work on gross and fine motor skills! You’ll need tape to create a sticky spider web, a hula hoop or even a sensory tub of some kind (the bigger, the better) and plastic spiders. If you’re able to get your hands on colored spiders, use those; each child can have their own color which will limit any confusion later when being collected from the web.
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=245215083016288 – Learn as you Play – Sticky spider activity
Song The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Paper Plate Spiders (craft)
I tend to be more of a process art kind of person but have used this “product project” over the years when working on spider units. There is nothing wrong with throwing a few of these types of crafts every-so-often to work on listening skills, following directions as well as a multitude of other subjects (think of all the conversations that take place while children are creating)..
You’ll need small paper plates, white yarn, google or sticker eyes, black paint, glue and pre-cut strips of black construction paper (the legs).
Have the students paint their paper plates black. If they don’t want to cover the entire plate, no worries – it’s their spider. Next, have them count out eight strips/legs and glue them on. This is perfect for sneaking some math into the activity and is a great opportunity to discuss proper glue use (I like to teach “raindrop glue,” where I display a dot of glue the equivalent size of a typical raindrop). The legs can be placed around the plate wherever the student wants the legs to be displayed.
Google eyes can be added at this time with some “raindrop glue” spots. Again, it’s the student’s choice where they want the eyes and I also allow them to use a few if they’d like. If you’re using eye stickers, you’ll want to wait until the paint is dry.
Pull out the white yarn and let the student use safety scissors to cut a web at their length of choice. Web will probably need to be stapled on once the paint dries, but let the student add it where they want it to be with some glue.
Spider Island Observation Station
10 Creepy Fingers
You’ll want to find or create a pair of dice that count up to 10 total (5 on each one – the easiest way is to place a small sticker or piece of tape over the side of 6). Have each child roll the dice and count it out. Once their number is discovered they will then count out and put on spider rings to correspond with the total.
Put out safari gear, mini microscopes, bug catchers and larger plastic spiders. Have your little scientists search for and study these web-spinning friends.
Add to the center by setting out books about arachnids, clipboards and pencils.
Spider Web Fine Motor Activity
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Any kind of bucket/sensory bin could work for this activity but something with holes around it, like a milk crate or laundry basket is ideal. Weave white yarn through the holes, creating a mock web. I’ve added sensory bin items to the bottom for additional fun. Anything from the fall sensory bin suggestions would work – fabric leaves, acrylic pumpkins, leaves and/or acorns, dry black beans, colored and fall scented rice… remember to just be mindful of your students and their tendency to investigate with their mouths and those who are from homes with limited resources (playing with food is a touchy subject and it’s important to use wisdom and empathy toward families who may not have full pantries and refrigerators.
Place spiders on the web and throughout the container and provide tweezers and even collection bowls. The objective is to have the students collect spiders while using the tweezers to exercise those 10-little digit muscles.
I found this example of a spider tangram template. It seems pretty easy to recreate on your own PC, hand drawn or with the right amount of photo editing, printable.
Print out a few, laminate them for preservation and future use and either lay them out on the floor or at a table. For more individual work, place them onto trays and spread them out to different floor locations or separated chairs.
Spider Journal Entry
Possible topics to prompt journal “writing” activity:
Ask – “Are You Afraid of Spiders?”
“What I Like About Spiders”
“What I Know About Spiders”
“Parts of a Spider”
Dictate the answer as the student draws their response.