In my experience as a mother of two young children, children are naturally full of joy and curiosity. In this blog, we explore the area of preschoolers’ spider-themed activities, where learning and fun go hand in hand.
While spiders 🕷️ may seem a little strange, I will be sharing some interesting activities with you in this blog. Imagine using yarn to construct a spider web 🕸️ artwork or using egg cartons to make adorable, creepy creatures.
The purpose of these activities is to keep the kids open to the wonders of the spider world, not to impart dry academic knowledge.
Interesting spider activities for preschoolers
From crafting spider hats to going on a backyard spider hunt, we’re making learning a joyous journey for our preschoolers.
It is about sparking interest and encouraging a love of exploration, not just about the eight-legged creatures.
We do everything from web-like artwork to cute snack recipes with spiders. Engaging in hands-on learning not only imparts knowledge but also creates a lasting impact on inquisitive minds.
We are creating spider-themed worlds in our houses, where each web spin and tiny discovery results in a priceless memory.
Spider Dramatic Play
I took some stretchy yarn and used it to create a large spider web in our living room’s corner. I added fake leaves 🍃 and twigs to give it a jungle feel. It completely changed the room and looked amazing.
I encouraged my kids to explore this amazing spider zone by crawling and moving like spiders 🕷️. They had so much fun acting like real spiders and snaking insects into their webs! It was such a great way to get them active and engaged.
To make it even more fun, I added some spooky spider sounds in the background. The combination of the web, jungle vibes, and creepy sounds created a magical experience for them.
They had a ton of fun, and this activity also helped them learn about spiders interactively. It was both educational and entertaining!
To begin, first gather some plastic spiders 🕷️, which are readily available at your neighborhood craft store. Now, clear out a table or use a clean floor space.
Next, give a straw to every child in your care. Prepare the plastic spiders and let your children arrange them on the table. Let them use their straws to blow those spiders across the finish line with a powerful inhalation and exhalation.
I give it a few twists to add some extra fun, like making a racetrack out of tape or adding little cardboard tunnels for obstacles.
Make it a friendly competition. This easy, affordable activity keeps the kids busy, improves their fine motor skills, and is a lot of fun.
We become playful little spiders exploring our web. Begin with basic poses such as Spider Pose, in which we squat and pretend to be sly spiders.
We can also stretch our legs wide, becoming spider legs reaching out. As we spin our web🕸️, we reach for the sky in a web-spinning stretch.
I use tape or chalk to create a creative spider web on the floor. The children like to balance on the lines and pretend to be spiders scuttling through elaborate webs.
We frequently use storytelling, picturing ourselves practicing yoga in a forest full of spiders.
For our counting adventures, we use tiny plastic spiders. We count their legs and eyes and even make up silly stories about each spider friend. We also create spider webs with different shapes and colors.
We count the sides and corners of each shape, and our spiders love to hop from one shape to another.
To make it even more exciting, we sometimes play a spider dice 🎲 game. We roll the dice and move our spiders along numbered squares. It’s a simple way to teach counting and introduce the concept of randomness.
For fun, create colorful spider webs. Count the sides and corners of shapes, and let your spiders hop around.
Play the spider dice game! Roll the dice, move your spiders, and count the squares. It’s like a surprise spider adventure every time.
First, gather some plastic spiders; they’re not real, just like in our favorite stories. Hide them around the house 🏠 or in the backyard, making sure they’re easy to spot.
Now, explain to your preschoolers that they’re on a special mission to find these friendly spiders. Use words like “detective” or “explorer” to spark their curiosity.
Encourage them to count how many spiders they can find or ask them to describe the colors. You can even make it a team effort, promoting teamwork and sharing.
To make it more engaging, share simple spider facts as they discover each one, like “spiders have eight legs” or “they make silky webs.”
Hide toy spiders at home for a fun game. Tell kids they’re detectives finding friendly spiders. Count together, talk about colors, and work as a team.
Share spider facts as they find each one, like spiders having eight legs or making silky webs. It makes learning numbers and teamwork exciting! 🔍
Start by choosing catchy tunes with simple lyrics that your little ones can easily sing along to. You can even make up your spider-themed verses to familiar tunes or add playful hand movements to engage their senses.
Incorporate colorful visuals like spider puppets or drawings to make the songs visually appealing.
Encourage your kids to join in the creative process by letting them draw their spiders or make simple spider crafts while singing.
Create a mini “Spider Song” dance party at home. Clear some space, put on their favorite spider tune, and let them move and groove like little spiders. It’s a fantastic way to blend physical activity with learning.
Spider Sensory Bin
I grab a big, shallow container and fill it with all sorts of things that will get their senses going. First, I toss in some soft and squishy fake spider webs 🕸️.
Then, I add plastic spiders of different colors and sizes. To mix things up, I throw in some dried rice and pasta for that satisfying crunch. And just to keep it interesting, I sprinkle in a few smooth pebbles and buttons.
I hide those sneaky spiders in the mix. It turns into a mini treasure hunt, and they love it. I even throw in a pair of kiddie-friendly tweezers or scoops to amp up the fun and help with their little hand movements.
You can switch up the materials based on a theme or your child’s interests. For example, if they’re into dinosaurs, throw in some mini-dino figures with sand for a prehistoric adventure.
Start by gathering simple materials like paper plates, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and glue. Lay out a creative space with old newspapers 📰 to catch any mess. Begin by painting the paper plate 🍽️ black or any color your little one prefers.
Once it’s dry, attach googly eyes to make it look like a cute spider face. Then, cut pipe cleaners into smaller pieces and help your child glue them onto the plate’s edge for legs.
To make it even more engaging, turn on some lively music and have a mini dance party while crafting.
Display the finished spider proudly in their room or play area. Not only does this craft boost creativity, but it also helps in fine motor skill development.
Spider web walking
Grab some painter’s tape and create a giant spider web on the floor. To make it even more enjoyable, I can add some playful elements. Assume that the floor is a mystical spider forest 🌲 and that every move they make will be an adventure.
Throw in some spider-themed music or make funny spider noises together. Introduce colored shapes or numbers along the web lines and make it a learning journey. Ask them to step on the blue circle or count their steps as they walk.
To make the magical spider forest even more engaging, consider using glow-in-the-dark tape for the web. When the lights go down, the web comes to life, adding an extra layer of enchantment to the adventure.
This not only adds a sense of wonder but also makes the learning journey more memorable for your little ones.
First, we gather cozy blankets and cushions to create a comfy reading nook. I choose colorful and interactive spider-themed books 📚, making sure they have big pictures and simple words.
As I read, I use silly voices for the spiders, making the story come alive. We often pause to chat about the spiders’ adventures. To add more fun, we have spider finger puppets or plush toys to hold during the story.
My kids love joining in with spider sound effects or giggling at the funny parts. Sometimes, we turn the story into a mini-drama, with the kids acting out the spider characters.
Start by playing some upbeat music that little ones enjoy. Tell them they’re going to be silly spiders and encourage them to move their arms and legs like eight-legged friends.
Make it interactive by using simple phrases like “wiggle your spider legs” or “spin your spider web.” You can even add some fun spider-themed sound effects or sing a catchy spider song.
To add a creative twist, consider using scarves or ribbons as spider webs. Have the kids wave them around while dancing to create a visual representation of spider silk.
Start with round crackers or rice cakes as the spider’s body. Spread peanut 🥜 butter, cream cheese, or hummus on top for a sticky base.
Use pretzel sticks or long, thin carrot 🥕 slices for the legs, sticking them into the body to create the spider’s unmistakable silhouette. For the eyes, you can use raisins, chocolate chips, or small round pieces of cheese.
Let your little ones get hands-on in decorating their spider snacks. They’ll love the sensory experience of spreading, sticking, and arranging the ingredients.
To make it even more engaging, turn snack time into a mini storytelling session. Ask questions like, “What adventures do you think our spider is having today?” or encourage them to create a spider story while they munch away on their creative snacks.
I found grabbing some plastic spiders helpful. I got them at a dollar store. I sat down with my little one, and we made counting fun by giving each spider a name and making silly spider voices.
We also drew webs on paper 📄 and placed the right number of spiders on each web– turning counting into a hands-on adventure. Household items like colorful buttons double as spider food, making counting a playful and imaginative activity.
To make counting even more engaging, play a pretend “spider picnic” using household items. Lay out a blanket, use buttons as snacks, and encourage your child to count while feeding the spiders.
Spider Web Collage
We started by gathering supplies that were easily found at home: glue, construction paper, colorful yarn, and googly eyes. As we talked about the plan—making a colorful collage of a spider web—the joy was evident.
We started by cutting out a sizable circle from the construction paper, which functioned as the base for our artwork.
Next, we carefully selected different shades of yarn to represent the intricate threads of a spider’s web. The kids dipped their fingers into the glue, carefully weaving the yarn around the circle to form a beautiful web pattern.
We used different yarn textures and lengths to add fun touches and bursts of color. To add a playful touch, we adorned the web with googly eyes.
Spider Shape Matching
To begin, I gathered a variety of supplies, such as colorful construction paper, scissors, and googly eyes, in order to craft a collection of vivid spiders shaped like various objects. These spiders’ bodies are made of squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles.
Use colored tape to create a large web that is spread out across the floor, creating a grid with different shapes at each intersection. The goal is to match the spiders to the corresponding shapes on the web.
To add an element of competition, I turn it into a race against time. We set a timer, and the kids eagerly tried to place all the spiders in the correct shapes before they went off.
Whether crafting spider hats, going on a spider hunt, or even making spider snacks, these activities are all about blending learning with heaps of fun.
It’s not just about spiders; it’s about sparking interest, encouraging creativity, and making precious memories with our little ones.
Share your thoughts, experiences, and any additional spider-inspired activities you may have tried in the comment section below. 🌸
I’m a former teacher with a background in child development and a passion for creating engaging and educational activities for children. I strongly understand child development and know how to create activities to help children learn and grow. Spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and volunteering in my community.