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Discover a great nonfiction spider book for kids, a fun salt painted spider web craft, and a spider-themed math printable! It’s perfect for October!
Spinning Spiders, from the Let’s Read and Find Out science series, is a great nonfiction picture book written for young learners. It’s the perfect addition to your spider preschool activities. 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.
Spider Web for Kids
In Spinning Spiders, kids will find out about the many kinds of webs spiders spin. After reading this book to your preschoolers, try this fun craft. Then, scroll down to find a math printable that works perfectly with this book, as well.
All you need to complete this preschool 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 Mat
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.
PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT Spiders
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about spiders. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Aaaarrgghh! Spider! – Don’t let this lonely spider frighten you! She just wants to be a family pet—and she thinks she would make a better pet than the typical dog or cat. But every time this clever spider tries to impress her chosen family, she scares them instead, until the day she unwittingly enchants them.
Spiders – From tiny baby spiderlings to large tarantulas, nonfiction master Gail Gibbons’ introduction to these intriguing arachnids reminds us that even when they look scary, most spiders are harmless—and even helpful!
There Was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider – As the old mummy makes his way across a graveyard and through a haunted castle, he swallows all kinds of creepy things. From a rat to witches’ brew, and a crow to a spooky ghost, this mummy keeps swallowing and swallowing…until finally there’s a knock on the door.
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