I love spiders – there I said it. If I had my way I would have a pet one, but my husband is terrified of them which means no spider for us at home and instead me and the kids have to be content with building giant spider webs or even smaller ones that are feets are engineering genius or even using webs to work on maths or a little art project. I did say I like spiders. Today for this week’s themed Virtual Book Club for Kids post we are reading The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle and I’ve been working on a very simple name activity building our own webs with our names. I’ve also included a FREE Spider Maths Lesson Plan that you can sign up to get as well.
Materials Needed for Spider Web Names
Pen or Pencil
How to create Spider Web Names
With being the middle of moving I needed an activity that was very simple to do and needed no extra materials than I had to hand but would work on one of our focus areas – Learning to spell, write and read our name and this fitted the bill perfectly.
Start off by drawing the spokes of the web – you will need the number of spokes to equal the number of letters in your child’s name.
Together spell out loud your child’s name you could spell it together, you spell first and then the copy or say one letter and they repeat it.
Now write their name up and down each of the spokes – switch the way you write the name as this will help them to develop spatial awareness seeing letters upside down and on their side.
Start with the first letter of the name on the bottom of one of the spokes and ask them to draw a line to the next letter of their name on the next spoke round.
If they are unsure point out the letter and guide them where to go. This activity is great for working together on their name if they can do it independently and quickly making no mistakes you know they have it.
If you have one find a toy spider and walk across the web spelling their name out loud.
More ideas for helping children learn their names:
More Spider Themed Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers
Why not combine the Spider Nursery Rhyme Incy Wincy Spider with a sensory bin with our Incy Wincy Spider Sensory tub activity for toddlers.
Get scientific with your kids and explore spiderwebs with this Spider Web Investigation.
Enjoy doing this STEM Spider Web Activity with your kids as you construct your own spiderwebs.
Spider Books for Virtual Book Club for Kids
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This week’s featured book is by my favourite children’s author Eric Carle – The Very Busy Spider. But I know some of you like to have a collection of books that you can read as well with the theme and these ones are great for 2 to 5 year olds.
5 more spider books for your book basket this week
Spiders by Gail Gibbons
ARGHHHH Spider by Lydia Monks
Anansi The Spider by Gerald McDermott
Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin
Virtual Book Club for Kids Activities for The Very Busy Spider
Check out this week’s themed Activities from the Virtual Book Club for Kids co-host and make sure that you join the Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook Group if you want to be kept up to date with all of the latest booklists, activities and ideas for our themed book club.
Spider Based Literacy Activities
Printable Spider Web-Letter Match Activity from Artsy Momma
Alphabet Spider Sticky Wall from Toddler Approved
Spider Writing Trays from Adventures of Adam
Spider Activities for Maths
Spider Counting Puzzles from Sea of Knowledge
Spider Shape Craft from JDaniel4’s Mom
Creepy Crawley Pattern Book Mats from Chickadee Lit
How to make a Rainbow Spider Web from Powerful Mothering
Feed the Spider Colour Catapulting from Preschool Powol Packets
Hands-on Spider Ring Counting for Preschoolers from School Time Snippets
Spiders Web Finger Print Counting from Messy Little Monsters
Sensory Activities for Spider Theme
Spider Sensory Bin and Counting Game from My Storytime Corner
Spider Activities for Science
A Very Busy Spider Climbing Spider Toy from To Be a Kid Again
Spider Types Matching Cards for Kids from Kori at Home
Spider Activities for Fine and Gross Motor Skills
Fine Motor Spider Web from The Educators’ Spin On It
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.