Make A Spider’s Web

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!

Making A Spider's Web

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:

    Making A Spider's Web

  • Team work
  • Communication skills - talking about what they were doing and what they wanted to do
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  • Problem solving skills - how can I make this wool stay where I want it to be?
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  • Gross motor skills - crawling and climbing
  • Fine motor skills - to tie, thread and weave the wool into the ever expanding web
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  • Spatial awareness as they crawling up, in, under, through the web
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  • Creativity - as they made patterns weaving the wool in and out
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  • Decision making skills - where should I thread my wool? How should I do it?
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  • 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!

Making A Spider's Web

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.

Charlotte's Web

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