There are so many great themes to explore in October and one of our favorites has always been spiders and bats. They are one you can use year-round if you want.
So I have a fun free pack for kids to work on learning with these two fun themes. You will find a mix of hands-on and no-prep activities for many different ages.
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The Bat & Spider pack was made for kids 2 to 8. This was made to go with the following books National Geographic Readers: Spiders and National Geographic Readers: Bats. These are two themes we study at this time of year and always fun to have more material to go with it.
Here is a list of items to use with this pack
I always get requests of items needs or things that can be used with packs. And here are just a few of the items we have used.
- copy paper
- white cardstock
- colored pencils
- dot marker
- laminating pouches
- sheet protectors
- dry erase markers
- clear glass gems
- mini bat & spider erasers
- CVC Word Family Bookmarks
- lacing letters
How to use the printables from the Bat & Spider Pack
There are so many great activities you can do in the pack. I thought I would highlight a few of our favorites from it.
There are several prek and kindergarten age prewriting pages. They have a mix of levels and lines for kids to use. You can trace them with pencils, fine line markers, or crayons. You could also laminate the page and reuse it with dry erase markers.
Another fun tracing page is the spider web shape pages! These are great for kids that want some fun fine motor work. There are three shapes for them to work on. You can put them in sheet protectors and trace them with dry erase markers over and over!
One of my favorites is the pattern cards. There are three cards you can use to make patterns. There are no suggested patterns in the set but you can come up with some with your kids. These make a great center. I recommend printing two of the pages so you have enough to repeat the pattern several times. We printed ours on white cardstock. I also recommend laminating them if you plan to use them often.
Another fun hands-on activity is sorting by size. You can work on sorting bats by different sizes: small, medium and large. You can also find in the set a size sequencing set to work on additional sizes. Irecommend printing on white cardstock and laminating them to help them last longer.
There are many different kinds of puzzles in the set. This set has some 4 piece and 10 piece puzzles. The ten piece puzzle is one you can see below. It has 11 to 20 on it. A great way to use these is to laminate them and put wall putty on the back on the pieces so the puzzles. They can then press the puzzle to a table or desk and have it stay.
You have some fun spider and bat ABC finds. They work on the letters s and b. We love using dot marker on these pages. But you could use anything to color the letters. If you wanted to reuse the pages put them in a sheet protectors and use hands-on items like clear glass gems to cover the letters. You can find tracing strips in the set that match up to the ABC finds.
There are several hands-on math pages. There is a counting mat, addition, subtraction and greater than/less than page. You can see the counting page below. It is simple and easy to use. We use mini bat erasers on them. The mats last longer if they are laminated. As a hit most of packs have these pages and the number cards can be reused.
You can find some no-prep math pages in the set. But these could also be turned into clip card math pages as well. You can see one way we used them below. We put the pages in the sheet protector and use dry erase markers on the math part and covered the answer with clear glass gems.
One of the fun no-prep math pages is an even and odd page. This is a late first grade and even a second grade math page you can use with kids. We used dot marker on the moons. You could also use glass gems or any clear counters.
There are a few learn to read pages in the set. You can do the ones that work best for your child ages.
There is a fix the sentence for spiders. This works on capitals and periods for each of the sentences. They look at the sentence and then fix it below.
You can also have writing CVC words. There are a page with spiders and loads of CVC endings. This is a great way to work on writing words with the same ending. If they need help with making words you can grab the CVC Word Family Bookmarks to help!
I thought I would also share a few pages from the Tot Pack. These pages work great for kids that are 2 to 4. It all depends on the level of the child. Plus you can have some fun with them.
In a lot of the tot packs, there is a coloring book. It works on color words and simple sentences. This set has a spider book.
There are simple prewriting pages that can be used for prewriting or they can be used for placing items on the lines. You can find great seasonal erasers to use on the lines. We use some spiders and webs on the lines.
There are two types of puzzles in the tot pack: 2 pieces and 9 pieces. I have an example of one of the 9 piece below. You can see how cute they are. I recommend using two puzzles one cut out and one altogether to help younger children match the pieces. I recommend printing on white cardstock and laminating the pieces to help them last longer.
The set has two shape tracing pages. The pages come in a thick line or a thin dotted lined to trace. You can see how we took one of the pages and put it in a sheet protector and traced some of the shapes. Another fun trick with the two pages is to cut the dotted shapes out and match them to the thick line shapes.
These are just a few of the many pages in the packs! You can see a full list of pages in each pack below.
Graphic purchased from Melonheadz Illustrating and Doodles
Free Bat & Spider Pack contains over 70 pages:
(part 1) 3 Part Cards, What Comes Next?, Prewriting Practice, Pattern Cards, Matching Cards, Size Sequencing, Sorting by Size, Writing Pages, Trace & Color, Cutting Practice, Bats 7 Spider Sorting, 4 part cards, 10 Part Cards, Math Clip Cards, Coloring Even & Odd (part 2) Begging Sound, Wall Cards, Writing Begging Sounds, Tracing Words, Writing Words, Matching Mixed up Words, Color the Same, Bat Color By Size, Count & Color Spider, Bat Math (Addition, Subtraction, Greater Than/Less Than, Counting), Dot the B & S, Math Matching, Roll & Count, Roll & Count Questions, Label Begging Sound, Math Questions, Bat Writing, Spider Statement Writing, B & S Letter Tracing, Spider Web Shapes (part 3) Color the Pattern, Fill in the pattern, Letter Tiles Spider & Bats, Roll & Cover, Help Spider Make Some Words
Bat & Spider Tot Pack contains 36 pages:
Solid Line Prewriting, Dashed Line Prewriting, Cutting Practice, Which One is Different, 2 Part Puzzles, Color the Spider Book, Match Cards, 9 Piece Puzzle, Single Page Matching, Roll & Count Dice & 1-5, Shape Tracing, Dot the Letter: S, W, B, & M, and Lacing Cards
I also have a Isty Bitsy Spider Pack you can find at Teachers Pay Teachers for $3.
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