Play Pin The Fly On The Spider Web. Take a black piece of poster board and with silver glitter glue make a spider web. Purchase an over-sized spider and glue to the center. Then let the children take turns sticking plastic flies on the web.
Draw or copy several different small spiders (one with dots, one with stripes, one with wavy lines, etc.). Run them off onto construction paper of different colors so that you have 4 or 5 different colors. I usually have 6 or 7 rows of the different spiders on each sheet. Then give each child 4 of each color & shape spider so that they will have 16 if you have 4 patterns & 4 colors. Then have the kids graph them with the picture of each pattern on top & each color on the side of the graph. They will have to match the color up with the pattern on the spider.
Downloaded spider clip art that was friendly looking.
They used it as a matching game. I left the pictures up for the 3 yr olds and we played concentration with the 4 & 5 yr olds.
Have a group of children sit on the floor in a circle. Use a ball of yarn to spin a story web. The teacher starts the story, hold on to the end of the yarn and throw the ball to another child to continue the story. When everyone has had a turn you’ve spun a web. This works well with fours and fives.
After reading The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle, my preschool class made their own spider web. We used a ball of yarn and passed it from child to child by throwing it randomly. They really enjoyed it!