My son and I have enjoyed using our magnetic spiders for several years. I recently got them out to use for decorations, games, and shenanigans, and thought I would share a few magnetic spider activities with you. At the end of the post you will also find a free spider counting emergent reader.
I think that my magnetic spiders were actually my first Pinterest inspired project. To make them, I hot glued small magnets to the back of inexpensive plastic spiders. Over the years we have had fun decorating our doors and refrigerator with the spiders. My son used to spend a little time at preschool each morning before his bus picked him. One October he spent that time placing these little spiders all over the preschool. He had a blast…..but I can’t say that my co-workers shared his enthusiasm for the creepy crawlies :).
In addition to using the creepy spiders to decorate or to scare people, you can also use them for learning activities with your kids. While all of these activities are perfect to use during the month of October, they would also be great additions to a study of nursery rhymes (Itsy Bitsy Spider or Little Miss Muffet) or bugs.
Use the spiders on a magnetic board or cookie sheet and kids can practice recognizing the letters in their name.
Draw a letter on paper or use letter collage sheets to work on individual letter recognition and phonemic awareness. Combine literacy and math by asking kids to count the number of spiders that fit inside the letter.
The little spiders can also be used as fun counters for ten frame and other math activities. Don’t forget that you can download a blank ten frame here.
While we are talking about spiders, I want to share a spider counting book with you. This spider emergent reader is listed as a freebie in my TPT store. The spiders in the book used to be black, but I recently updated it and made the spiders white so that kids can color them. I seriously don’t know why I didn’t do that before.
I hope that you aren’t too creeped out by all the spiders in this post, and I hope that you enjoy some of these activities with your kids. Looking for additional spider activities for your kiddos? Check out these activities available in my TPT store.