Spiders are a fun learning theme that’s popular around Halloween. Try our spider toss number game for toddlers to practice number recognition.
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Spider Toss Number Game for Toddlers
What You’ll Need for the Number Game
How to Setup the Spider Themed Number Game
Use your painter’s tape to create a spider web. I like to start with a + and an x. Then connect the lines to make the web. [Painter’s tape should be fine on most surfaces but I don’t recommend leaving it on for long periods of time. Use a large piece of cardboard, posterboard, foamboard, or something similar if you’re wanting to play longer.]
Cut up cardstock or a piece of paper into small squares. Write a number on each square. I used the numbers 1-10. Work on higher numbers if your child is ready. You could even work on number words with older children.
Place the numbers around the spider web.
Create your spider with 5 bump chenille stems (pipe cleaners). I simply twisted the chenille stems together and then wrapped the stems around and around to create the spider body, 8 legs, and 2 pedipalps (short appendages by the spider’s head). I first made this spider for a sponsored post. You can watch a video or read step by step instructions on how to make the pipe cleaner spiders.
Feel free to use any toy spider you have around. Spider erasers or the plastic spiders found in the Halloween section would work well, too. Just be careful of the small size around toddlers who still like to put things in their mouths. A homemade cardboard tube spider would be great for this activity as well.
How to Play the Spider Toss Number Game
Have you child stand near the spider web and toss the spider onto it. What number does the spider land near?
Continue tossing and dropping the spider as long as your child is interested.
The goal is to talk about the numbers as much as possible. Are there certain numbers your child tends to struggle with?
As a second option, you can call out a number and have your child toss or place the spider on that number.
Say, “Where is the number 4? Can you take your spider to the number 4?”
This is a super simple way for toddlers to practice naming numbers. The spider adds a bit of fun and interest.
If you want to practice counting from 1 to 10, have your child move the spider from number to number in the correct order.
More Spider Web Games for Preschoolers
Spider Math Games – Work with a number line to practice counting and number recognition.
Fizzy Spider Web Art – Combine science and art to create colorful fizzy spider webs.
Sticky Spider Web Gross Motor Activity – Build a sticky web and see if your spider can catch what you throw.
Spider Web Walking Game – Can you balance on the spider’s web? Another great one for working on gross motor skills for toddlers.
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