Word Family Spiders

These Word Family Spiders are cute AND educational! If you follow me on Playdough to Plato’s new Instagram page, you already know that our family has a serious case of Halloween fever. And I love it. So I decided to overcome my arachnophobia and pull together a low-prep, spider word family activity for my oldest son, C. It’s a fun way to help kids work on rhyming word families while they get a little crafty.

Word Family Spiders

Word Family Supplies


I cut eight strips of black construction paper to use for the spider’s legs and a large circle for his body. Then I grabbed a handful of wiggly eyes, a glue stick and a silver Sharpie pen. {Silver shows up well on black paper but you could use white or another light color too.}

Making Our Word Family Spider

C was excited to check out what I’d been working on and quickly began dabbing eight dots of glue around the edge of the body. Then he stuck one leg on top of each dot.

Word Family Spiders. A low-prep, Halloween-themed rhyming activity. {Playdough to Plato}

When the legs were in place, we flipped the spider over so that I could write one of the word families we’d been working on in the middle of the body. {This photo shows -OP like the words cop, top and stop but we also did the -at word family including the words cat, mat and sat. The activity can be used with -UT, -ED, -IG and countless others.}

Spider Word Families!! {Playdough to Plato}

C glued eight wiggly eyes around the letters I’d written and then we began brainstorming words that fit in the -OP family. Each time he named one, I wrote it down on one of the legs.  Once our -OP spider was complete, we grabbed -AT and wrote down words that fit.

After bending the leg joints {viola!} our spiders were finished. C was eager to run outside and add them to our outdoor Halloween decorations.

Super cute word family spiders

More Word Family Fun

Continue the playful learning with our Word Family Activity Pack!

Mega Word Family Activity Pack. Motivating games plus no prep activity sheets. Love this pack!


Save time, stay inspired and get EVERY student bigger results!


  1. Deirdre

    This is brilliant! I love the compound eyes! This post has been pinned to my Learn to Read board.

    • Malia

      Yay! I’m thrilled you like the spider word family craft. Thanks for sharing, Deirdre! 🙂

  2. Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It

    This is so cute! I’d love for you to share it on our After School Linky Party, it’s spider week. We’re always looking for new ways to focus on word families and sight words for learning at home.

    • Malia

      Thanks for the invite, Kim! I just hopped over and added the link. I had fun pinning some new favorite finds while I was there too. 🙂

  3. pinkoddy

    What a great way to combine learning through craft and the season.

  4. Anna@The Measured Mom

    I just love new ways to learn word family words! Thanks so much for this idea and for linking up at After School!

  5. Crystal @ Crystal's Tiny Treasures

    How inventive! We will do this next week. Thank you for linking up to Mom’s Library, I’ll be featuring you this week at Crystal’s Tiny Treasures, Happy Halloween!

    • Malia

      Thanks for the feature, Crystal!!

  6. Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum

    Love this activity (after spending spending 50 minutes walk to school talking about words that rhyme with …. I know what we will be doing next week). Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots this week and just to let you know that I will also be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.

    • Malia

      Thank you for the feature, Cerys!! I’m excited to hear that the spider word families activity will come in handy. 🙂

  7. Lepley

    Fantastic do the job! This is actually the style of information and facts which have been allowed to be distributed around the internet. Disgrace about the look for machines because of not location that set up second! Occur around as well as discuss with my web site. Cheers Equates to)



  1. Sparkling Spiders | Castle View Academy - […] Playdough to Plato has a wonderfully wiggly-eyed spider word families. […]

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Hi, I’m Malia.

I LOVE helping Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade teachers save time, stay inspired and give EVERY student bigger results. I’m so glad you’re here!

Click here to subscribe