Saturday, October 17, 2015

LOTS of TPT Spider Freebies!

My family is the WORST about spiders.  I am just going to start with that.  All of us. Those big black and brown ones just appear in the middle of a floor, randomly. BAM.  From where?  How?  Ew.

This one appeared when I went to do laundry in the house we were renting last summer...  It doesn't look all that especially big except that his EYE was big enough to reflect the flash.  Ew.

However,  during October, some of my favorite activities are with those darn things! They are cute on worksheets.  Not real spiders on worksheets- cute clip art spiders on worksheets.

 I am going to do lots of spider activities this coming week, but I kept finding such treasures, that I wanted to share them with you before I do them in case you want to use them now, too.  I will share some things I do with my class, then LOTS of FABULOUS spider freebies I found.  I shared some of a few years ago, but things change- some go way, and LOTS of great new freebies appear thanks to some wonderful TPT teachers!

 I guess I should start with
It is a sweet book, and I could take a lesson from it...  I know.

I also, of course, love The Very Busy Spider.
I use this book to remind my children that during center time I am a very busy teacher, working with a group, so non-emergency questions will have to wait until I am done with the group.  If my spider is on my board or table, I am very busy. My friend Betty sent me a precious little spider card that I am using now.  I found this little hexagon spider beanbag to make from Sewing and Beyond. How cute is he?

Jessica, from The Littlest Scholars shared these adorable Retelling Puppets to go along with the story!

The Very Busy Spider Stick Puppets

Jessica Williamson has a fun little data activity to get the kids started and see just who is and is not afraid of spiders!
Are you afraid of spiders recording sheet

First Grade Blue Skies has a great Very Busy Spider Beginning, Middle, End Writing Prompt FREEBIE at her TPT store. 
 Very Busy Spider Beginning, Middle, Ending & Writing Prompt
One fun thing I have done, is to spray paint a spider web (without the spider in it- of course) and then bring black construction paper up behind the web.  The real web is captured on the paper.  The children love to study a real spider web this way with magnifying glasses! These are a couple webs I have gotten: (No wonder spiders are mad at me.)

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 work mats 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!
Spider Position Words Student Reader

Faith Rucker shared a fun activity for sorting and graphing those colorful spider rings!

Fun With Halloween Spider RingsFun With Halloween Spider RingsFun With Halloween Spider Rings

Greg Smedley (Smedley's Smorgasboard) shared these great Spiderweb Counting Cards! He has a wonderful Research and Writing Spider Unit at his TPT store!

Spider Web Counting Cards!Spider Web Counting Cards!

There are so many cute spider snacks.  I have always made spiders from a prune and eight 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- because... caramel sauce... yum.

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. )

Of course there are these bad boys that may beat out a prune...
There are lots of non-food spider activities, too, by the way!

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!

Laurie Rupp shared a wonderful Itsy Bitsy Spider Theme Set FREE at her TPT store!
Itsy Bitsy Spider Theme Set -Kindergarten

Mom Endeavors shared  this precious spider craft:

Doodle Bugs Teaching shared this adorable Silly Spider Art Pattern.

 KidSparkz  has Spider Numbers 0-20 and Ten Frames FREE!  So clever!
SPIDERS - Set of Large Numbers 0-20 plus 10-frames FREESPIDERS - Set of Large Numbers 0-20 plus 10-frames FREE
AND a free Spider Number Matching Game!  KidSparkz is AWESOME!

FREE Spiders Number Posters and Matching Card Game 0-10FREE Spiders Number Posters and Matching Card Game 0-10

Graphics from the Pond has this great clipart at her TPT store.

Halloween Clipart - Spider Web Numbers

Growing in PreK made a great Six Silly Spiders Dice Game FREEBIE! How fun is that?!
6 Silly Spiders

Jennifer Hier has a Counting Spiders Emergent Reader FREEBIE that would be so much fun for this unit! 
Counting Spiders:  Emergent Reader Freebie

These Spider Sums, from My Fabulous Class, look like lots of fun and a great center!

Spider Sums of 5 and 10 {FREEBIE}

Meaghan Kimbrell shared a fun Spider Roll and Cover game

Halloween Roll-A-Spider

K is for Kinderrific has a cute Spider Cut and Match Numbers FREEBIE.
FREEBIE:  Spider cut & match numbers 0-10

Katie Hess shared this  wonderful Ten Frame book FREEBIE at her TPT store that is good for SO many things- dots, dabbers, stickers, fruit loops- even spiders! Thank you, Katie!


Schoolalicious has a fun Spider Counting Book.
Halloween Counting/Emergent Reader
Lighting Fires of Learning has a cute Spider Number Puzzle.
Spider Number Puzzle - FREEBIE
Karen Murphy has a cute Cut and Paste Number Order activity.
Cut and Paste numbered spiders 1-10

Elizabeth Riker shared these cute Spider Ten Frames.
Spider Ten Frames: A FreebieSpider Ten Frames: A Freebie
Anna Watson shared a cute Five Little Spiders Book, great for writing subtraction problems.
Five Little Spiders - HalloweenFive Little Spiders - Halloween

This Halloween Math Grid Game by Sharon Oliver would be great counting practice for a math center!
Halloween Math Grid Game
Catch That Spider from A Kinder Kindergarten is great for numeracy practice!

Catch That Spider!Catch That Spider!Catch That Spider!

So is this Spider Web Multiple Number Representation Book from eartHeart Academy.
**FREEBIE** Spider Web Multiple Number Representation Book
 Susan Moran Jones has a GREAT Spider Word Family FREEBIE at her TPT store.
Spider Word Families {Freebie!}Spider Word Families {Freebie!}Spider Word Families {Freebie!}
Katie Broome shared a fabulous Spider Facts Booklet FREEBIE at her TPT store.  This is a wonderful non-fiction mini-unit for spiders.
Spider Facts Booklet
Melissa's Lil' Learners shared a fun Spider Emergent Reader for practicing those sight words!
The Spider Emergent ReaderThe Spider Emergent Reader
My Happy Place shared a Graphing Freebie which would work perfectly for an opinion writing activity!
{Freebie} Spider Graphing

My kids would LOVE these Webs and Spiders Coloring Sheets from The Creative Classroom. The kids have to fill the room with webs and spiders.  How fun!

Webs and Spiders {Halloween Coloring Pages}Webs and Spiders {Halloween Coloring Pages}

Kathryn Garcia shared a fun Spider Match-Up activity for upper/lowercase letters!

Spider Match-Up: Practice Upper/Lower Case Letters: FREE
Kathryn also shared a cute Spider Number Line for the children to make.
Spider March:  Number Line 0-125:  FREE

Klever Kiddos shared a fun Spider Sightword Game.

Halloween Sight Word Spider Game
Reading Is Love shared a fun Spider Sight Word Game.
Spider Web Sight Words
Peachie Speechie has a fun Spider Smush activity that makes practicing letter recognition lots of fun!

Spider Smush: Alphabet
Read, Sing, and Write has a cute Spider Writing Activity.

Spider Schema Writing Activity

I like Jasmine McClain's All About Spiders worksheets!
All About Spiders WorksheetsAll About Spiders WorksheetsAll About Spiders Worksheets
Scissors and Crayons shared some fun Spider Activities!

FREE- Spiders and Itsy Bitsy SpiderFREE- Spiders and Itsy Bitsy Spider

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:

I love this Web Reading CVC Activity from Simply Fun in First!
Web Reading! CVC word practice mats {FREE}Web Reading! CVC word practice mats {FREE}

Jodi Waltman shared this Spiderweb Can-Have-Are Map.  I always love her things- especially because my maiden name is Waltman!  

Spider Freebie
Kindergarten Lifestyle shared this We Learn about Bats and Spiders packet.
We Learn About....Bats & Spiders Freebie

Johanna Tackitt shared this cute Describe a Spider "Web."

Describe a Spider with a Bubble Map
How about these Web Fixer-Uppers from First Grade and Flip Flops?  
Spider Sentences: Web Fixer Uppers

Miss Kindergarten Love has a great Mini Spider Unit.
A Spider Mini Unit
Amy Lemons shared this darling Spider Craft and Poem!

Spider Craft and Poem

I love these Spider Hats from Mrs. Payton!
Spider Hat Craft and Printable Freebie

This Free Mini Book is from Education to the Core.

Babbling Abby shared these great Editable Spider Activities.
Spiders Word Work FREEBIE! {editable templates}

It really isn't an oxymoron! You can have fun with spiders. Thank you to all these wonderful people for sharing these amazing activities.  Don't forget to leave super wonderful feedback if you download them from TPT.  Everyone loves happy feedback, and knowing you enjoy their products!

Have a great week!


  1. I'm supposed to be doing report cards but for some reason I'm blocked from the web site so I thought I'd check my Facebook page. Who cares about report cards...How can I fit in a cool spider unit!!!! Thanks..(I think!) Sally in CA

    1. :) Those report cards will still be there! Spiders move really fast! :) I hope you found some fun things to do with your class! Good luck with those report cards!

  2. Oh my!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You rock!! Thanks for letting me have a spider Saturday!!! You are so wonderful to share your findings!!! Now I sorta feel bad I vacuumed 2 up this morning!!!! lol

    1. Don't feel the least bit bad... I squashed one on the rug this morning. He knew better than to be so close to me in bare feet... Maybe I did this post because I felt bad. Who knows?! :) Have fun!

  3. Wow, Carolyn, so much spider fun! Another great blog post. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a great collection of activities ~ Thanks for sharing! I love the spider webs on construction paper ~ Spiders truly are fascinating (when they're no where near me). :) Anne


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