This week I am sharing bug or insect themed printables. The first activity focused on exploring shapes on butterfly mats. The second activity explored counting money on caterpillars. Today’s activity focuses on coding. When children first hear the word coding, they may think of creating a secret way to send messages. I teach my students that coding is simply creating a series of steps that complete a task. Then we work on connecting a series of pictures or events based on a book or concept on paper. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and plant growth are two coding activities I have shared with your before. Today I have a coding printable that focuses on the life cycle of a spider.
Life Cycle of a Spider Coding Activity
Getting Ready for the Life Cycle of the Spider Activity
The first thing you will need to do is print out the Spider Life Cycle Coding. Although this life cycle of a spider sheet contains color pictures, you can print it out in black and white.
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If your children aren’t familiar with the life cycle of a spider, you can read them Spiders by Gail Gibbons. It will give them some background information about spiders and walk them through the spider life cycle.
Then you will need to decide if your children will be using the terms up, down, left and right or compass directions (north, south, east or west). You can use either in this activity.
Going Through the Activity
Your children will begin at the word start. They will need to create a path of arrows that will lead them from the word Start to the picture of the eggs. Your children don’t have to use the path shared in the picture below. They can place an arrow pointing only one direction in each square. Please encourage them to try to come up with the shortest route from one picture to the next.
Hint: If your children are not up for drawing arrows, you can have them use an arrow stamp and an ink pad.
After reaching the eggs, they will need to create a path that will lead them to the egg sac. Despite having to create two paths already, your children may need to be reminded that they can only put one arrow in each square.
Then your children will move from the egg sac to the spiderlings.
Finally, the spiderlings will need to be connected to the spider. Your children may be tempted to draw a giant arrow going down the right side of the paper for a part to the path. Please encourage them to draw an arrow in each box.
If you like this spider life cycle coding activity, here are some more coding activities your kids will love.