Spider Babies Fine Motor Play

Whether you’re getting ready for a spider theme or planning some engaging Halloween activities for you kids, this spider babies fine motor activity is easy to set up and fun for kids. We did this as part of our spider theme lesson plans. The kids enjoyed that challenge, and they liked learning that many spider babies really are carried on their mother’s backs. Materials for the Activity Affiliate links Free Spider Babies Fine Motor Mat Jumbo Tweezers Plastic Toy Spiders Books {Read More}

Yarn Painted Spider Web Halloween Craft

One year we did an entire Y is for Yarn theme, and one of the activities the kids loved was painting with yarn. It’s a simple technique that can used in so many different ways. Whether kids choose to bounce the yarn on the painting surface or drag strands of yarn across the surface they always enjoy seeing the designs that they can make. We recently used this technique again to make yarn painted spider webs to display as an {Read More}

Halloween Process Art Spider Web Paintings

We first tried painting with dough cutters last year when we made our turkey paintings. Because dough cutters make a nice straight line I thought it would be fun to experiment with them to make spider web paintings. This is a quick and easy activity you can set up in five minutes or less, so it’s perfect for incorporating some seasonal art into a busy schedule. All you’ll need is paper, black paint, a dough cutter (try different sizes and {Read More}

Spider Puppet Halloween Craft

I have always loved making our spider headband craft with kids in the classroom and at home.  It’s a sure bet for creating some giggles around here! This year I decided we’d try a bit of a twist on that classic favorite and create spider puppets. They make a cute Halloween craft to hang, but this way the girls can also use them for playtime. We’ve used them to act out The Itsy Bitsy Spider, make up our own spider plays, {Read More}

Spider Books for Kids

Most people cringe at the sight or thought of a spider. If your idea of a spider is less than pleasant, check out our book list to find out about how helpful spiders are and read stories about friendly spiders. Enjoy our creepy crawly books and take another look the world of spiders. Books About Spiders This post contains affiliate links. Fiction Aaaarrgghh! Spider! By Lydia Monks Aaaarrgghh! Spider! Is a sweet story of a spider that just wants to {Read More}

DIY Spider Ring

A while back we made fireworks rings by accident. The girls had so much fun with them that I thought it would be fun to make our own spider rings. They are quick and easy, and you probably have the craft supplies to make them already. We made two different sizes. For the large rings we started with four full size chenille stems and one half size stem. We also used two pom poms, one small and one large.  Our {Read More}

Itsy Bitsy Spider Sticky Wall

During our recent spider theme we had a lot of fun singing and dancing along to the Itsy Bitsy Spider (or eensy weensy, whatever version you prefer).  To extend the use of this rhyme, we made an Itsy Bitsy Sticky wall. It turned out to be one of the most frequently used items throughout our theme. This post contains affiliate links. Materials Foam Sheets Contact Paper Painter’s Tape Foam or felt spider and spider web (You can cut your own {Read More}

Paint with Spiders

If you follow this blog, you know we love to explore painting with many different kinds of materials. Paintbrushes are great, but sometimes we just like to try something new. Some of our favorites have been painting with rocks, pine needles, pom poms, tea bags, vegetables, and corn kernels, to name a few. While watching the girls play with the spiders in our collection of Halloween materials, I thought why not see what kind of painting we could create with {Read More}

Spider Play Dough

One of the most popular activities during our spider theme was this spider play dough invitation to create. We combined the black play dough from our skeleton activity with some loose parts, and the kids spent a lot of time coming up with spider creations. This invitation will be staying out for another few weeks. Materials  black play dough plastic spider rings decorative straws cut into smaller pieces (Ours are from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores) googly eyes orange and {Read More}

S is for Spider: Spider Headband Craft

This spider headband craft is one of my favorite activities from our S is for Spiders theme in the classroom. My students always loved making spider headbands. I have also seen a couple of versions on Pinterest lately like this one from Moments of Mommyhood. It is a great craft for Halloween, life science, or the letter S. Before doing the craft we read a couple of nonfiction books about spiders and tried to focus on some key facts. Mainly, {Read More}