Spiders are a high-interest theme at any time of year. They can be a good theme for children who are frightened of spiders, and they can be a good theme for spider lovers. They fit well with a study of animals … perfect for differentiating between arachnids and insects. And they’re an especially good theme for Halloween.
Montessori-Inspired Printables at Living Montessori Now
My daughter, Christina (a former Montessori child), and I are partnering to bring you a series of Montessori-inspired printables. The printables are typically themed and use a number of Montessori principles (although you don’t need to be a Montessori teacher or homeschooler to use them):
- They use isolation of quality.
- They use photographs or realistic images to emphasize reality. Whenever I can, I’ll tell you the name of the object or animal featured. If you look at the credits pages, you’ll notice the tarantula is a Mexican redknee tarantula, and the spider is a jumping spider. Yes, a tarantula is a spider, too, but we gave it a separate printable because it’s so distinctive (and perfect for Halloween)!
- They typically use traditional Montessori colors such as red for consonants and blue for vowels.
- They use lowercase letters, which are what we introduce letter sounds with in Montessori education. (Children tend to pick up the uppercase letters without being introduced if they’re introduced to the lowercase letter sounds.)
- They often feature themed printable versions of Montessori materials.
Free Tarantula Do-a-Dot Printable for the Letter T and Free Spider Do-a-Dot Printable for the Letter S
To download tarantula do-a-dot printable, click here and then click on the file image in the upper right corner of the PDF to save to your computer (just choose where you want it saved).
To download spider do-a-dot printable, click here and then click on the file image in the upper right corner of the PDF to save to your computer (just choose where you want it saved).
Montessori-Inspired Activities Using the Tarantula and Spider Do-a-Dot Printables
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Tarantula Do-a-Dot Letter T Tray with Glass Gems and Strawberry Huller
Glass gems are always popular with preschoolers. This is a fun activity for tarantula lovers, but it’s also a fun Halloween activity. That’s why I chose the Mexican redknee tarantula with its coloring that’s perfect for Halloween.
You could add a tracing activity to the printable. If you laminate your printable, you can use an erasable crayon like the Melissa & Doug Learning Mat Crayons or Crayola Erasable Crayons. For a 2-year-old or other young preschooler who’s not ready to write letters, you can just leave off the crayons.
Spider Do-a-Dot Letter S Tray with Glass Gems and Strawberry Huller
Zoey’s a bit apprehensive about spiders, but she had fun using a strawberry huller to place black glass gems on the dots.
(Note: In case you’re wondering, Zoey’s outfit is from Gymboree!)
If you want to know how to introduce the letter sounds for t and s, check out my post on how to teach letter sounds using Montessori principles.
More Spider Posts
More Free Do-a-Dot Printables and Ideas for Using Them
I love the versatility of do-a-dot printables! If you’re doing a month-long theme, you could easily change out the type of do-a-dot activity weekly to add interest. Here are four ideas of hands-on activities for any of our do-a-dot printables from my frog do-a-dot printable post (see post for details and materials used).
(Note: the frog do-a-dot printable is available in either black or red outline.)
In last month’s post, you’ll find a free raccoon do-a-dot printable using stickers (great for a Kissing Hand unit).
I have a free ant do-a-dot printable and activity using Power Magnets.
In another post, you’ll find a free snail do-a-dot printable and activity using Do-a-Dot markers.
In another post, you’ll get a free car do-a-dot printable and see an idea for using pom poms and quick sticks with the printable.
In another do-a-dot printable post, you’ll get a free recycling do-a-dot printable and see an idea for using glass gems and toast tongs with the printable.
In another do-a-dot printable post, you’ll get a free butterfly do-a-dot printable and see an idea for using pom poms and toast tongs with the printable.
Montessori-Inspired Packs – Subscriber Freebies
And don’t miss our subscriber freebie spider pack, subscriber freebie raccoon pack, subscriber freebie ant pack, subscriber freebie snail pack, subscriber freebie car pack, subscriber freebie frog pack, subscriber freebie butterfly pack, and subscriber freebie recycling pack! You’ll get a monthly freebie with link and password if you subscribe to the Living Montessori Now weekly newsletter!
You can buy an Animal Alphabet Do-a-Dot Pack (with 26 different animals and letters) in the Living Montessori Now shop! There’s also a Healthy Food Alphabet Do-a-Dot Pack!
Free Halloween Unit Study
- Spooky Footprint Haunted House Craft from Play Dough & Popsicles
- Halloween Number Game from Adventures of Adam
- Halloween Tree | A Fall Nature Craft for Kids from FrogMom
- Halloween Movies Not Scary from iGameMom
- Monster Learning Activities for Halloween from Books and Giggles
- Halloween Board Books from The Jenny Evolution
- Halloween Read and Play from My Storytime Corner
- Free Tarantula and Spider Do-a-Dot Printables (Montessori-Inspired Instant Downloads) from Living Montessori Now
- Halloween Preschool Printables from Living life and learning
- Gross and Jiggly Halloween Jello Worms: A STEM Activity for Kids from Schooling a Monkey
- Gruesome Nibbles from Tales of Education at Home
- Halloween Phonics Worksheet -Color by Letter from Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading
- Pumpkin fairy house from The Usual Mayhem
- Halloween Chemistry Ideas from Planet Smarty Pants
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- Montessori-Inspired Pumpkin Hammering for Toddlers
- 20+ Pumpkin Hammering Activities for Preschooler
- Free Skeleton Printables and Montessori-Inspired Skeleton Activities
- Free Spider Printables and Montessori-Inspired Spider Math Activities
- Kids’ Halloween Activities Pinterest Board
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