Spider Counting

spider number line - not just for halloweenSpiders aren't just for Hallowe'en.

This clean, simple number resources is designed to enable young children to develop their understanding of counting and number recognition.

The lines of spider images show quantities from zero to ten, matched to numerical labels.

The spider-lines have been designed with a visual break after the fifth spider. This makes number combinations easy to recognise: 6 is 5 and 1; 7 is 5 and 2; 8 is 5 and 3; etc.


You can use the resource in a number ways:

Combine the three separate pages to make a display poster showing numbers from zero to 10.

As a maths activity or assessment opportunity, the resource could be cut into separate horizontal strips, now the children can:

  • sort or count the spider-lines;
  • match a quantity of counters to a spider-line;

If you cut away the digit labels, the children can

  • put the spider-lines in order;
  • re-label the spider-lines.

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jolinsley's picture

 This is perfect for an

 This is perfect for an  independent work activity for my SEN children. Many thanks. So glad I have found you!  
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mpal240178's picture

I have just used this

I have just used this resource with Aboriginal students who loved it because it was 'real'. Thanks so much!
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johdu's picture

That's really good to hear.

That's really good to hear. It's always amazing to learn how these resources are used... and humbling in this case. I never thought that this number resource would be used in these circumstances. Brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing this.
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emmietaylor's picture

I like this resource. It's

I like this resource. It's something I've been looking for for a while. I would like one for a little girl though as she doesn't like spiders. Is there a chance of a more girly one? Thanks
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johdu's picture

Emmie, thank you for your

Emmie, thank you for your comment. We've taken your idea on board and created a much more 'girly' set of counting images - take a look here: Flower Counting.

Hope it's useful, and thanks again for the idea. 

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