Spider Legs Counting is a get occupational therapy skill that builds hand muscles while playing with different clips. It is designed for preschoolers but can be easily adapted for older kids simple instead of writing numbers on the spider body writing a math fact: addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. Your child would then add that number of legs to the spider. Scroll down for direction and how to adapt the activity to different levels.

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  • Several pieces of cardboard cut into a circle (I used a recycled cereal box.) 
  • Marker
  • Clothespins, paperclips, or binder clips for legs


  1. Cut out 5-10 Cardboard circles
  2. Draw eyes on them. Spiders can have up to eight eyes.  
  3. Write a number on the spider
  4. Count out as many clothespins, paperclips, or binder clips as the number you see on the spider and place that many “legs” on the spider. 

Adapting to different levels

Math Skills

      • If you are working on addition, substraction, mulipication or dividion. Write a that type of problem on the spider.
      • If you are working on higher math problems consider using a code such as a clothespin equals 10, a paperclip equal 5, and smaller paperclip equal 1.
      • If you are working on roman numerals write the roman numeral on the spider
Fine Motor Skills

If your child struggles with fine motor skills like my Princess D then you may want to mix the different legs. Offering some that are easier and others that strengthen their muscles. 

    • Clothespins
    • Binder Clips
    • Paper Clips
    • Different shaped paper clips
    • Kids Toy Links

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Spider Activities: 

Spider S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics)

Hulu Hoop Spider Web: Letter, Phonogram, or Sight Word Identification

Spider Race

Spider Worksheet and Short Videos

Spider Word Web

Spider Legs - Counting

Printable Spider Web Weaving

Extra Large Spider Web

Spider Spelling Words

Climbing Spider

Beading Spider Leg Math


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