These spider addition activities are a fun addition to math centers in Pre-K, Kindergarten or First Grade. You can adapt the sums to suit the learning needs of the kids.
Spider Addition with Ping Pong Balls
Before I launch into a “how to” for this activity, I’ll share something I’ve learnt about ping pong balls for learning activities. Once you’ve written on a ping pong ball, even with a whiteboard marker, the ink remains! So if you have a lot of lovely ping pong balls and are prepared to commit to keeping whatever you write on them – go for it! If not, scroll down and check out the other alternative. 😊
Preparation – Grab some ping pong balls and write some sums on them with a fine tip marker. Then pop them into a basket. I ordered a whole bunch of colored ping pong balls on eBay but you can generally find them in dollar stores too. Next, laminate the work mat or pop it into a clear pocket sleeve. You’ll also need some counters. I found some cute spider figurines to use in the Halloween decoration section of a dollar store. Also I found the ping pong balls tend to roll away… You can solve this by putting it on some sticky tack or in a milk lid.
How to Play – Grab a ping pong ball and read the sum. Next, model the sum on the webs using the spider counters. There’s also a recording sheet for kids to write each sum they solve. Continue playing until the recording sheet has been completed and then check the answers.
Spider Addition with Printable Sums
This is a great alternative if you prefer not to use ping pong balls, which I originally picked thinking they’d be really cool pretend spider eggs!
Preparation – Start by printing and laminating the work mat for added durability. You can also pop it in a clear pocket sleeve. Next, grab some counters – Halloween flies and spiders are really fun to use. You can usually pick these up from the dollar store around Halloween time. Then you just need to print the pre-typed sums or write your own on the blank circles. I am a bit obsessed with neon paper, it makes everything look so fun! So I recommend printing the sums on colored paper if you have some. The only other thing you’ll need is a pencil and the recording sheet.
How to Play – Place a sum on the circle (so it looks like the spider is holding a spider egg). First, read the sum. Next, model the sum on the two webs. Finally, record the sums on the recording sheet. Keep repeating the process until the recording sheet has been completed.
NEW Halloween Dramatic Play Area
If you’re starting to get prepped for Halloween, I’d love to share a few pics of my latest Magic School Dramatic Play pack with you. It has fast become one of my favorites! Kids will have so much fun pretending to be wizards or witches! It includes a Potions Lab, Critter Care, Library, Crystal Ball, Magic Tea Party and more. You can learn more about it here.
More Fun Spider Activities
Be sure to hop between the following blog links to grab more fun spider freebies for Halloween!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
Count the Spiders // Alleah Maree
ABC Spider Match // Engaging Littles
Origami Spider Corner Bookmark // KiddyCharts
Spider Addition Mats // Fairy Poppins
Make Ten // The Primary Parade
Spider Roll Dot Numbers // Teach Me Mommy
Scary Spider Count Boom Cards // Alleah Maree
Spider Color Matching // Live, Laugh, & Love Kindergarten
Spider Sight Words // The Primary Parade
Itsy Bitsy Spider Poem // Little Learning Corner