Whether you’re exploring in your backyard garden or preparing for Halloween, learning about the intriguing spider can be a lot of fun!  If you or your children are creeped out by this creepy crawler perhaps learning about arachnids might calm those fears, or you can just focus on creating some cute itsty bitsy spider crafts.  Enjoy this creature based Theme Day in October or any time of the year!

Print out the Family Theme Day Planner and decide which activities you’d like to do and in what order. 

For songs for older kids try these rock songs:


Tarantula migrating down Mt. Diablo, California for the winter.

Little Miss Muffet
 “Little Miss Muffet” has a spider that crept up beside her.  This little video offers two potential histories of the rhyme.


Contrary to popular belief spiders are not insects but are arachnids.  Insects have six legs and arachnids have eight! Even if you are afraid of spiders, it’s pretty hard to deny they are useful creatures, especially when they eat mosquitos!


For another Preschooler song try “I Know and Old Lady who swallowed a Fly” which of course has a spider "that wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her."  Below is Judy Collins on the Muppet show singing this old favourite.

Photo: L. Klewchuk

Photo:  C. Wright

For preschoolers sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” also sung as “The Eensy Weensy Spider” (or “Incy Wincy”). 

Check out all the fun spider activities we have for you:

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Four Little Bugs

For a rhyme about a spider’s web try “Four Little Bugs.” You can find the words here along with a few other rhymes about spiders that could be sung or recited: http://www.preschoolexpress.com/music_station03/music_station_oct03.shtml