I will share some things I do with my class, then LOTS of FABULOUS spider freebies I found!
I guess I should start with
I also, of course, love The Very Busy Spider.
Sewing and Beyond. How cute is he?
First Grade Blue Skies has a great Very Busy Spider Beginning, Middle, End Writing Prompt FREEBIE at her TPT store.
We always marble paint with white paint, and add fingerprint spiders with eight legs.
I love to have the children learn to draw spider webs with chalk. I draw a hexagon or an octagon on a paper with white chalk. (This sample is yellow. My real ones are in school now. Forgive the yellow web!) This year I am using hexagons, because we need to teach that shape. I sort of prefer octagons because it looks better and spiders have 8 legs, so it helps to reinforce that. Either one is fine.
The children get a piece of chalk and draw a dot in the middle of the shape. Next, I have them draw four circles, each one gradually getting bigger, around their dot. Last, they connect the dot to one of the vertices. Ta da ! A perfect web and a great little drawing activity.
Here is the octagon web. I do like that better.
We use these as workmats with a spider ring. I have the children practice their positional words with the spider ring. We put him inside, outside, over, under, above, and below the web. We put him beside, on top of, underneath, between, in front of, and behind other spiders.
Cindy Conley made a Spider Position Words Student Reader FREEBIE that would go right along with this beautifully!
There are so many cute spider snacks. I have always made spiders from a prune and six pretzel sticks. How mean am I? Most of the kids haven't even had a prune before. I describe it as a big raisin. Sort of... They actually like these. Really.
Almost Unschoolers has a tastier looking spider treat-
Sweet Treats and More shows how to make these darling webs on her blog ( and says they are easy... but I have
made seen enough Pinterest fails to wonder about that. :)
and of course there are these bad boys that may beat out a prune...
Here is a fun version of the Itsy Bitsy Spider, called the Isty Ditsy Spider (Bitsy's little brother... :) by the Learning Station! So much fun for the kids to try with a partner!
Mom Endeavors shared this precious spider craft:
Doodle Bugs Teaching shared this adorable Silly Spider Art Pattern.
KidSparkz FREE Spider Theme Letters would go perfectly with them for a bulletin board. LOVE those letters!
AND a free Spider Number Matching Game! KidSparkz is AWESOME!
Look at Lisa Goodell's Spider Web Alphabet Clip Art FREE at her TPT store! So cute!
Growing in PreK made a great Six Silly Spiders Dice Game FREEBIE! How fun is that?!
Jennifer Hier has a Counting Spiders Emergent Reader FREEBIE that would
be so much fun for this unit!
Kindergarten Smorgasboard shared these adorable Spider Web Counting Cards FREEBIES- perfect to use with those spider rings!
K is for Kinderrific has a cute Spider Cut and Match Numbers FREEBIE.
Jen Jones made a cute little Spider Book FREE that would be fun for the children to illustrate!
Susan Moran Jones has a GREAT Spider Word Family FREEBIE at her TPT store.
Katie Broome shared a fabulous Spider Facts Booklet FREEBIE at her TPT store. This is a wonderful non-fiction mini-unit for spiders.
The Kid Zone has lots of spider freebies and is a great site for some non-fiction spider study. You can check out the Kid Zone Spider Activities, the Online spider jigsaw puzzles. and the Itsy Bitsy Spider Book:
It really isn't an oxymoron! You can have fun with spiders.
Have a great week!