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Discover a great nonfiction spider book for kids, a fun salt painting craft, and a spider-themed math printable! Perfect for your October homeschool preschool.
Spinning Spiders, from the Let’s Read and Find Out science series, is a great nonfiction picture book written for young learners. After reading it, kids can make their very spider web salt painting craft. Then, let your preschoolers practice counting to twenty with the spider counting mats and a bag of plastic spider rings, erasers, or mini-buttons.
Spiderweb Salt Painting Craft
All you need to complete this craft is salt, glue, paper, and watercolor paints (optional). It’s so easy!
On a sheet of black construction paper or cardstock, draw a spider web lightly with pencil. Now, have your preschool “draw” the web with white glue. It’s easiest to start in the center and work your way to the outside edge. Also, it’s best to turn the paper as you work so that you don’t run your hand through the wet glue.
Once the spider web is completely outlined with glue (and before it has time to dry), have your students pour salt all over the wet glue. Shake the excess salt back into a bowl (or in the trash if you don’t want to save it for a later craft). Now, set the web to the side to dry.
Spider Web Counting Mats
While your child’s spider web is drying, spend some time practicing counting with these fun counting mats (download link below).
Simply print out and laminate the spider web counting mats. Each mat features a large spider web with a “momma” spider in it. There is also a number in the bottom right corner of each mat. Students will add the same number of counters (spider rings, mini buttons, or mini erasers) to the web.
I love the Let’s Read and Find Out science series. In this series, kids ages 4-9 are introduced to a wide variety of science topics in a way that meets them at their level. In Spinning Spiders, young children are introduced to a variety of spiders, the difference between spiders and insects, and more.
More Preschool Spider Fun
- Toilet Paper Roll Spider Crafts
- Fine Motor Spider Webs
- Spider Web Gross Motor Activity
- Watercolor Resist Spider Web Art
- Spider Web Sensory Play
Let’s Read and Find Out Activities
I’ve teamed up with a great group of bloggers. We’re all sharing different books and activities over the next few weeks. Check out the list of books here, or by clicking the image below.