This time of year, spider activities are a fun way to learn, develop skills through a a weekly occupational therapy theme, and even use in an occupational therapy or classroom Halloween Party ideas! Here, we’ve got you covered on all things spiders…spider crafts, spider fine motor activities, spider gross motor, spider tasks, and even spider themed foods!
Kids love the fall activities and the themes that come with the season. With festivals, trick or treating, and classroom parties, kiddos will soon be into all things fall and Halloween. In fact, if you are looking for Halloween occupational therapy activities, then these spider activity ideas fit right into the season.
With this seasonal fun, kids will love engaging in some spider activities galore.
Whether doing crafts, motor activities, or sensory breaks, children will find these spider activities intriguing and adults will find them exceptionally skill building. So, it’s a win-win for all!
We certainly have you covered with all kinds of creepy, crawly activities with this activity round-up.
In this post, you’ll find a myriad activity ideas that can help address so many great skills with kids. Do you need fine motor or gross motor activities? We’ve got you covered. Are you looking for skill-building arts and crafts? We’ve got you covered. Are you needing sensory goodies to work on tactile skills or to provide a sensory break? We’ve got them! Do you want some fun snack ideas for a classroom party? Check out the ideas below.
Spider Fine Motor Activities
Use these Spider fine motor activities to build stronger hands, intrinsic hand strength, dexterity to manipulate tools like crayons, glue bottles, scissors, clothespins, and more.
- Motor Planning Spider Web Maze | The OT Toolbox
- Color Matching Sticky Spiders | Modern Preschool
- Spider Web Cutting Activity with Straws | Fun Learning for Kids
- Spider Web Fine Motor Game | The Imagination Tree
- Cutting Spider Practice Activity | Lalymom
- Fine Motor Craft Stick Spider | COTA Life
- Weaving a Spider Web Alphabet Activity | Fun Learning for Kids
- Glittery Spider Webs | Simple Fun for Kids
Spider Gross Motor Activities
These spider gross motor activities support development of balance, coordination, stability, endurance, position changes, and motor planning with large muscle groups. Include these activities in Halloween obstacle courses and even Halloween parties!
- Spider Web Obstacle Course | The OT Toolbox
- Spider Web Frisbee Toss | JDaniel’s4 Mom
- Obstacle Course Idea: Don’t Jiggle the Spiders! | Childhood 101
- Sticky Spider Web Tape Game | My Baba
These spider crafts, spider art activities are fun ways to paint, and craft this time of year. Use the spider crafts to build executive functioning skills, like working memory, organization, direction following, planning, prioritization, and more.
While making the spider crafts, kids also develop fine motor skills and sensory input through the tactile sense.
- Scissor Skills Spider Craft | The OT Toolbox
- Spider Noodle Craft | The OT Toolbox
- Clothespin Spider Web Craft | The OT Toolbox
- Easy Spider Craft | COTA Life
- Paper Plate Halloween Spider | Glued to my Crafts
- Halloween Spider Handprint Craft | Thriving Home
- Easy Scrunched Paper Spider Craft | Crafts on the Sea
- Halloween Aluminum Foil Spider Craft | The Joy of Sharing
Spider Sensory Activities
These spider sensory activities are fun ways to challenge the tactile sense, but also add sensory input through the vestibular, proprioceptive sense, and visual sense. Add these activities to a sensory diet this time of year, or use as a brain break with sensory input.
- Halloween Sensory Bin | The OT Toolbox
- Spider Mindfulness Exercise | The OT Toolbox
- Spider Slime Recipe for Kids | Coffee Cups and Crayons
- Spider Counting Sensory Activity | A Dab of Glue Will Do
- Spider Play Dough | Fantastic Fun and Learning
Kids can help to make these spider snacks as a way to develop executive functioning skills.
- Easy Spider Treats for Kids | The Activity Mom
- Halloween Spider Jell-O Pudding Cups | Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons
- Oreo Spider Cookies for Halloween | The Gingerbread House
- Spider Halloween Sandwiches | Education
- Tootsie Pop Spiders | Simply Being Mommy
We hope that you have found these ideas perfect to make your October lesson planning a little easier and whole lotta spidery skill-packed fun!
Free Spider Activity Cards
These spider activity cards are designed to promote additional skills:
- Bilateral coordination
- Crossing midline
- Eye-hand coordination
- Pinch and grip strength
- Hand strength
- Visual perception
- Scissor skills
- Coloring skills
- and more
Want to get a free set of these spider activity cards? Enter your email address into the form below to access this free download. This printable is also available inside The OT Toolbox Member’s Club. Members can log into their account and access the PDF on our Halloween Therapy Theme page.
More Spider Activities
With the Halloween Therapy Kit, you’ll find spider activities, but also all kinds of Halloween motor skills, scissor skills tasks, and fine and gross motor activities.
Get more Halloween therapy tools including spider activities to support development using the Halloween Therapy Kit!
Regina Parsons-Allen is a school-based certified occupational therapy assistant. She has a pediatrics practice area of emphasis from the NBCOT. She graduated from the OTA program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson, North Carolina with an A.A.S degree in occupational therapy assistant. She has been practicing occupational therapy in the same school district for 20 years. She loves her children, husband, OT, working with children and teaching Sunday school. She is passionate about engaging, empowering, and enabling children to reach their maximum potential in ALL of their occupations as well assuring them that God loves them!