Hands-on Spider Ring Counting for Preschoolers

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Amongst my many bins of manipulatives is a bag with spider rings.  Every now and again the kids will get them out and pretend they are "power rings" as they run around the house, keeping us safe from bad guys.  That wasn't the intention I had when buying them; though I am not sure why I did other than they seemed fun to have around.

Well, come to find out they make great manipulatives for learning how to count!

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We've also used these spider rings for a Roll & Add Preschool Dice Game , W is for Web Alphabet Craft, and to Sort Nouns.  Super versatile manipulative!

After reading The Very Busy Spider, the chosen book for the Virtual Book Clubs spider theme, I brought out our plastic spiders to work on 1:1 correspondence and counting with my 3 year old.

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Supplies:


After you have read The Very Busy Spider, fill up a small bowl with 10 plastic spiders.

Practice counting {and more math skills} with plastic spider rings!


Have your child place a plastic spider ring on each finger and count out the numbers 1-10.

We did a similar activity with Big Sister when she was about 3 and she loved this rings on fingers math activity!

Continue counting until each ring is on a finger.  And when your child is ready to take them off-- count again!  You can even introduce counting backwards from 10!
simple counting for preschoolers

Add in some other plastic rings and you could work on patterns, addition, and subtraction, too!

Grab the book from your local library and set up this super simple and very hands-on {literally} counting activity for your little one!

More activities spider activities inspired by The Very Busy Spider:


Name activities

Numbers activities
Simple Web Abacus –  Big Owl Little Owl
Spider Web Fingerprint Counting (FREE PRINTABLE) – Messy Little Monster
Hands-on Spider Counting Activity – School Time Snippets


Science activities
A Very Busy Climbing Spider: DIY Toy and STEM Activity
Fizzy Spider Web Art – Inspiration Laboratories
Spider Types Matching Cards – Kori at Home


Pre-writing activities
Spider Web Sensory Bottle Activity – The Educators’ Spin On It 
Web formation lines for writing fluency – Kara Carrero
Pre-Writing Lines Spider Craft – Sugar Aunts



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