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.

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Word Family Spiders

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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

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

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

  2. 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.

    1. 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. 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.

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

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