Do you have a spare ball of wool? If so, you have all the makings of terrific activity that is thoroughly going to be enjoyed by your eager beaver. It's time to make a spider's web - an enormous one!
Recently, the boys were given a ball of wall each and the freedom to make a spider's web in their bedroom. This kept them creatively busy for a very long period of time as they engaged in:
- Team work
- Communication skills - talking about what they were doing and what they wanted to do
- Problem solving skills - how can I make this wool stay where I want it to be?
- Gross motor skills - crawling and climbing
- Fine motor skills - to tie, thread and weave the wool into the ever expanding web
- Spatial awareness as they crawling up, in, under, through the web
- Creativity - as they made patterns weaving the wool in and out
- Decision making skills - where should I thread my wool? How should I do it?
- Enjoyment of life! The boys were actively engaged physically and emotionally.
At the time, I was still unpacking boxes from our recent move.
I confess that I gave into the temptation, on more than one occasion, to abandon the unpacking and watch the boys who were having such a great time!
The activity was really easy to clean up afterwards due to a few snips with the scissors. As for the wool, it will be recycled - so there was no waste.
So the next time there's a rainy day with children looking for something fun to do, issue them with a ball of wall each.
If you're looking for a story to read about a spider, you can't do better than the classic of "Charlotte's Web" by E. B. White.
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