Spider Theme: Books, Activities, Crafts, and Snack Ideas
Spiders are creepy crawlies that can give us a scare if we meet them eye to eye unexpectedly. But did you know that they are fascinating little creatures? And most are not as scary as people make them out to be. Here is a list of books about spiders that kids can find friendly and learn from. Find even more spider theme ideas after the book list, including printables, crafts and more!
Books for a Spider Theme
Here are some wonderful titles that will both entertain and educate your kids on these arachnids. They are filled with lots of great info about Spiders. The picture books about spiders are great for older kids to read on their own or to be read to littles. We have also included a few of the classic spider stories that you may already be familiar with! Up 1st are a handful of cute board books that toddlers will enjoy reading with you.
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Board books are so much fun for little ones. They make it so toddlers and preschoolers learn to turn pages more easily. They love independence, so having the ability to explore books without damaging them is wonderful. Take a look at these titles. They are not-so-scary spider story titles.
Miss Spider’s Tea PartyThe Itsy Bitsy SpiderSign and Sing Along: Itsy Bitsy SpiderLittle Spider (Finger Puppet Book)The Eensy Weensy SpiderMiss Spider Books: Miss Spider’s Tea Party/Miss Spider’s New Car/Miss Spider’s ABC
Kids love picture books. They bring stories to life and learning increases exponentially, especially for visual learners. Here are some shorter stories as well as some chapter books about spiders. They are all fun and full of adventure!
The Very Busy SpiderAaaarrgghh! Spider!Spider SandwichesDiary of a SpiderI’m Trying to Love SpidersThere’s a Spider in my ShoesCharlotte’s WebAnansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
Educational Spider Books
Don’t forget to include some educational books to the list. Here are some wonderful titles. The photographs of real spiders are amazing!
National Geographic Readers: SpidersSpidersAre You a Spider? (Backyard Books)Spiders: Amazing Pictures & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature (Our Amazing World Series)
Activities for a Spider Theme
We are not stopping with some awesome books, though! We are also including a great list of spider-themed activities that you and your kids will love!
Educational Activities and Printables:
Spider Web Fingerprint Counting – Learning through play.
Very Busy Spider Story Time for Preschoolers – We love this story!
Spider Math Games – Math and spiders… how fun!
Art and Crafts:
Spider Web Color Wheel – Kids can spend time learning about the color wheel and then turn it into a fun craft!
Handprint Spider Printable Card – “Just dropping by to say, Happy Halloween!’ spider web templates.
Creepy-Crawly Halloween Sensory Bottle – This one is a bit creepy but tons of fun!
Spider Web Slime – Fall Science – Wow! Slime is a lot of fun, especially spider-themed slime!
Fun Snack Ideas:
Oreo Spiders – My kids both made these as a classroom project in their preschool classes.
Cute Spider Cupcakes – Why not surprise your kids with a treat after reading about spiders?
Spider Web Smoothie Bowl Recipe – Fun take on the popular smoothie bowls!
Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter “Spiderweb Cookies” – Love this idea! So yummy!
Which spider books will the kids love reading on a fun afternoon? Which activities and snacks caught your eye? For another fun post like this Spider Theme, check out the following post: Ant Themed Books, Activities, and Crafts.