There are just some topics I’m not really fond of and do not want to spend a lot of learning time focused on them. Sharks being one and spiders definitely a close second.
There is something about those creepy crawlies that make me hurry and flip the page. Naturally, we did a few fun hands-on activities for a short spider unit study.
Hands-On Spider Unit Study
How long does a “mini unit study” have to be?? As long as you want it to be! The goal is to make sure children have fun, learn, and use their hands!
- Chalk Pastel Spider Tutorial. This is actually what kicked off our spider study. Draw, paint, or trace a spider.
- Spider Web Game. I taped duct tape to the hallway and let the boys throw paper towels at the “web”. We discussed predators and prey. We also talked about Wolf Spiders – they do not spin webs but hunt their prey! Change It Up! Tape duct tape to your floor in the shape of a web and have your younger children try to walk / climb around the web.
- Wild Kratts Spider Episode. We love Wild Kratts and thankfully I found a FULL spider episode on Youtube.
[youtube width=”450″ height=”360″]http://youtu.be/SOWxuOHU0LM
- Spider Web Craft. Once the boys saw how spiders actually make a web, I grabbed some paper plates and yarn.You can cut little triangles around the outer edge of the paper plate and weave yarn to make a spider web.
- Change It Up! Cooked spaghetti makes for fun spider webs. Add a little food coloring (their favorite) and build or play with spider webs on wax paper.
- Spider Animal Classification. This is definitely one of my favorite notebooking pages from The Notebooking Fairy, I have this saved as a bookmark. Animal Classification sheet is perfect for older learners.
You don’t have to wait for Halloween to enjoy a spider snack. Oreos and Twizzlers make for great edible spider anatomy!
Other Spider Resources
- National Geographic Readers: Spiders
- The Very Busy Spider
- Skullduggery Eyewitness Kit Spider Casting Kit
- DK Readers L3: Spiders’ Secrets
- Big Book of Bugs
- Smithsonian Handbooks: Insects (Smithsonian Handbooks)
- Spider Unit Study Resource Pinterest Board
Stef Layton is a homeschool mom to two energetic boys. She believes in hands-on interest-led learning. Married to a busy traveling golf course architect, they have taken their homeschool on the road. Stef is the Author of Educating Laytons and numerous brick building ebooks, Creative Counsel for The Titus 2:1 Conference, and Creator of The Homeschool Village. Stef is a regular contributing writer for The Homeschool Scientist.