Animals > Arthropod - Arachnid > Spider:
The spider is not an insect. Insects have 6 legs. A spider is a small animal with eight legs and a body made up of two parts. Most spiders spin webs in which they nest and catch insects to eat. Spiders are related to mites, ticks and scorpions. Visit the spider
theme for related activities.
Alphabet Activities > Letter S is for Spider
Here are printable activities and some
suggestions to present letter S. Print and display alphabet printable
activities of your choice in the materials column.
Children Age 3 and under:
* Finger Tracing: Trace letter S's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the
letter. Invite the children to do the same on their coloring
* Print a
letter S coloring page D'Nealian or Standard
Block font and select and print a spider coloring page
behind it or on a separate page if using paints to
decorate later. Discuss other letter S words found on the worksheet.
* Children can trace and color the letter S's. After completing
coloring the letter,
encourage children to color the spider image. Write the word
spider on the finished coloring page.
Ages 3+ to 6:
Finger and Pencil Tracing: Trace the letter S's with your finger in upper and lower case as you also sound out the
letter. Invite the children to do the same on their coloring page.
Encourage the children to trace the dotted letter, and demonstrate the direction of the arrows and to pay
attention to the numbers that helps them trace the
letter correctly. During the demonstration,
you may want to count out loud and as you trace so children become
aware of how the number order aids them in the process.
Find the letter S's: Have the children find all the
letter S's in upper and lower case on the page and encourage them to circle
or trace/shade them.
Coloring activity: Encourage the children to color the
spider image with a variety of materials.
S Worksheet and Mini Book program: These materials can be used
to reinforce letter practice and to identify related words. Read suggested instructions for using the worksheet
Display letter S posters and
coloring pages or assemble a letter S classroom book with letter
S printable activities.
Maze > Spider
and web >
Skills > Prewriting skills, problem solving, letter tracing,
numerals 1 - 8 > count the legs on the spider. The maze is for children ages three to five that are just starting to
learn letters and initial writing.
Letter S Word
Search & Handwriting Practice > The word search game features a spider and letter S words with pictures and handwriting practice.
Advanced independent handwriting practice:
1. Print your choice of printable
lined-paper and encourage children to draw a spider behind
the page or print a spider coloring
and writing paper: Encourage children to draw, color and
decorate a spider and
write letter S s.