Spider Cards & Counting Mats: Halloween Math/Fall Math Fun

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These spider activities are a great way to jazz up your math centers for fall or Halloween!

Counting Mats

These counting mats each have the appropriate number of spiders on them, great for young students just building one to one correspondence and are extra fun on the light table. Just add cheap plastic spiders or foamy spider stickers as manipulatives!

Spider Counting and Numeral Cards

Spider and Web Memory Match
Prep 1 set of numerals and 1 set of dots. Mix together and then lay out, upside down, on a table or the floor in a grid like manner. (Straight rows and columns.) Students take turns turning over 2 cards and looking for a match. When a match is found, the student keeps those cards, setting them aside in a pile. Once all cards are collected, students count to see who has the most pairs.

Spider Making 10 Game-Dots
Prep 2 sets of dot cards. Mix together and then lay out, upside down, on a table or the floor in a grid like manner. (Straight rows and columns.) Students take turns turning over cards and adding the dots together to try to get a sum of ten. At first, play with just two addends, then as students gain fluency with facts, allow them to have 3 or 4 addends, flipping over cards until they get exactly 10 or go over. Students should set each set of 10 to the side. You choose whether the student with the most cards or most correct sets of addends wins.

Spider Web Making 10 Game-Numerals
Students who have gained fluency with math facts to 10 can be challenged with this variation of the game, using numerals instead of dots.
Prep 2 sets of numeral cards. Mix together and then lay out, upside down, on a table or the floor in a grid like manner. (Straight rows and columns.) Students take turns turning over cards and adding the numerals together to try to get a sum of ten. At first, play with just two addends, then as students gain fluency with facts, allow them to have 3 or 4 addends, flipping over cards until they get exactly 10 or go over. Students should set each set of 10 to the side. You choose whether the student with the most cards or most correct sets of addends wins.

Spider Battle—Which is more?!
Prep 4 sets of cards (dots or numerals, you choose, depending on your students’ number sense). Mix cards and divide between 2 players. Have students hold their deck of cards face down and turn over the top card at the same time. Students compare the cards and whoever has the greater card gets to keep BOTH and set them to the side. The game is played until 1 player runs out of cards or time is up. The player with the most cards wins.

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