Spider Science Activities

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Do you teach about spiders during October? I did! It’s fun to incorporate spider activities in our Halloween activities.

These spider science activities are perfect for kids in elementary grades who are learning the parts of a spider, the life cycle of a spider, the anatomy of a spider web, and more.

This pack includes eight different activities that your children will love as they work on labeling, researching, and more.

Spider Science Activities

There are so many fun things to teach children about spiders. Here are a few engaging ideas that will help you teach your kids about spiders, how they grow, their anatomy, and more.


I love to incorporate movies and videos into our unit studies whenever possible. They’re perfect for sick days or rainy days. Here are a few ideas for kids:


In addition to movies, I love to include a wide variety of books in my lessons. I use some for read-alouds and save others for independent reading (when appropriate).

Below, I’m sharing a few of my favorite nonfiction books about spiders. I find they’re perfect for introducing the life cycle of a spider, increasing vocabulary, and illustrating important information.


Most kids love hands-on activities. They help children engage with the topic at hand.

When teaching your kids about spiders, you can add one or more of these activities to your to-do list:

• This spider craft is perfect for October! As you head into Halloween, kids will love making this fun spider door hanger.

• Fall is the best time of year to study spiders. This spider life cycle for kids bundle features 19 hands-on activities for younger students/siblings!

• Have your kids mix up a batch of spooky spider slime for an extra science/STEM activity.


In this worksheet packet, you’ll find eight worksheets that are sure to engage your students during your spider lessons.

Life Cycle of a Spider

Print and laminate the life cycle diagram. Use this page to teach your students the four stages of the life cycle of a spider.

Parts of a Spider Web

Print and laminate the parts of a spider web diagram. Use this page to teach your kids the names of the different strands that make up a spider web. There is a lot of new vocabulary involved in this activity.

Challenge your student to draw and label a spider web on paper. Then, challenge them to find a spider web outdoors and name the parts they see.

Parts of a Spider

Print and laminate the parts of a spider diagram. Use this page to teach your kids the parts of a spider. There is a lot of new vocabulary on this page, as well. Then, have your students complete the labeling page.

If you have younger kids, you can find a simpler diagram in the life cycle of a spider pack linked above.

Crossword Puzzle

Children will search for ten spider-related words on this fun crossword puzzle. Challenge your kids to define the words on the back of the page.

All About Spiders

Have children to fill out this chart as they learn what spiders can do, what spiders have, and what spiders are.

Spider Facts

On this page, kids will fill out what they learn about spiders as they read through the nonfiction books featured above. If you’d like, you can have your kids use this page as an outline for a spider report.

Are You Afraid of Spiders?

Kids will mark whether or not they are afraid of spiders, and then they’ll write a paragraph explaining why or why not.

Teaching Resources

If you’re kids actually enjoy spiders, they will love these realistic plastic spiders from Valefor! There are five spiders included in the pack. 

Add some fun to your dress up box when you include a Spider Man mask. It’s perfect for Halloween or any day. Kids will love wearing it as they act out their favorite spider stories. 

As you begin gearing up for your Halloween celebrations, let your kids help you make this awesome Spider Cake! It’s so cute!

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