Number Crafts (Number EIGHT}... Eight-legged Friends

I teach a weekly class for preschoolers called "123 Learn with Me".  Each week, we learn about numbers through a variety of activities and crafts. This week, we had some fun learning about the number eight.

During our class, we did a number eight search, practiced printing the number eight, decorated a number eight, made an octopus with eight legs, and crafted a spider puppet. (You can download the full lesson plan for free at the bottom of this post.)*

To make a spider puppet:

1) Download the spider template (that you can find at the bottom of this post)*.
2) Color and cut out the spider.
3) Add googly eyes and a craft stick.

You can also make a climbing spider by taping two pieces of a straw to the back of the spider, threading a string through the straw pieces, and adding buttons or coins for weights.

To make an eight-legged Octopus:

1) Glue a circle to a piece of cardstock.
2) Draw a face on the octopus, and add googly eyes.
3) Use white glue to add eight legs made of Cheerios.

Isn't this a cute way to learn about the number eight?  I'll be sharing our crafts and activities for the number nine soon, so don't forget to come back and check them out.

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

*You can download the entire number 8 lesson plan here.  

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PS - You can grab a copy of my 40+ page "Numbers" WORKBOOK here.


  1. Thak you very much..very useful this material

  2. Hi,
    Thank you for the idea but could not find the pattern to download it.

    1. The link is highlighted in yellow... just under my name.


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