Spider Find and Cover Letter Mats
Practice letter recognition with this spider-themed learning activity! Your kindergarten students will get the opportunity to practice uppercase and lowercase letter identification on these fun, creepy crawlies mats!
The free printable has 2 spider webs covered with letters and 2 sets of picture cards. The students will draw a picture card and identify the picture. Then, they will sound out the word and isolate the beginning sound and place a manipulative on the letter matching that sound.
This alphabet game is a fun way for students to isolate and identify the beginning sounds in words and match the sounds to the letters. It is a hands-on and will keep your students engaged.
Add this phonics activity to your literacy centers, small groups, or even have students play in partners or independently. The possibilities are endless!
As your students complete this letters identification activity, they’ll practice saying words, identifying the beginning sound, and matching the picture to the correct letter on the game mat, covering it with their game piece.
Quick Prep Letter Activity
This spider web letter activity is super easy to prep and get ready for your students to use. All you need to do is simply print them and slide them into a write-and-wipe pocket or laminate them for durability.
With prep this simple, you’ll be saving time and making the most of your planning period. Plus, you can pull these out at any time of the year, especially during the busy fall months.
Setting Up the Spider Match and Cover Mats
- Spider Match and Cover Letter Mats with Picture Cards (button to get the printable is at the bottom of this post)
- Small manipulatives like mini erasers or mini spiders
- Write and wipe pockets (optional)
- Binder ring for picture cards (optional)
- Print the mats and picture cards.
- Slide the mats into write and wipe pockets OR laminate them.
- Cut the picture cards and store in a baggie or place them on a binder ring
- Gather manipulatives, such as buttons, mini erasers, etc.
- Store the entire activity in a colorful tray or large zipper baggie.
Playing the Spider Web Letter Match
The directions are straightforward, and your students will be able to play independently in no time. Students begin by flipping over a picture card from the pile. Then, they will look at the picture and determine the beginning sound of the word shown on the picture card.
Next, they will find the corresponding letter on the spider web and cover it with their manipulative. Play continues until all of the spaces on the mat are covered.
Differentiating the Letter Sounds Game
This find and cover activity is easy to differentiate to meet the needs of your students as well. If you have students who need more practice with letter identification, you can use letter magnets, letter beads, or another alphabet manipulative. Using these to cover the letters gives them extra exposure to what the letter looks like and what sound it makes.
You can also place the letter magnets or letter manipulatives in a pile or a container and have students draw one, find the corresponding letter on the web, and then cover it with a button or game piece. This eliminates the use of the picture cards, making it a bit easier as they focus only on the letter.
You can also differentiate by giving students the lowercase or uppercase mat, depending on what they need the most practice with.
I can’t wait for your students to try this spider match and cover activity! I think there will be a lot of fun learning happening in your classroom this fall as they master their beginning sounds skills!
Click the button below to grab your free copy of the Spider Match and Cover Letter Activity.