Spiders and Spider Webs
- school glue
- wax paper
- template or paper/pencil/ ruler
- shallow bowl or plate
Creating the Template:
- I gave the kids a piece of paper (in our case a square), a ruler, and a pencil. We started by drawing a straight line down the center dividing the paper in half. A quick way to find the half mark is to just fold the paper in half and then open it back up. This paper is just a template so it doesn’t matter if it is a little wrinkled. You will draw a vertical line and horizontal line. This will result in a a cross in the middle of the paper.
- The next step is to add to the web. We are creating an orb web like you see above. These webs have vertical spokes and then horizontal webbing for strength. You an make as many spokes as you want. I would say that you don’t want them to be more than 4 inches are so apart at the widest point. This will help make it more stable.
- After all the straight lines were drawn, I had my kids use a small object to draw a circle in the middle (but you could eyeball that part). We erased the center and started drawing in our horizontal sections of web. I highly encourage you to let the kids have fun and create their own web. They will naturally comment on the fact that webs are not all identical AND it will keep competition down about who has the best one.
Creating the Yarn Web:
- Once the web template is ready, you need wax paper, glue, yarn and I suggest tape. I suggest a colored tape, but you can use what you ha
- Lay the template down. Put the wax paper over it and tape the wax paper over the template onto the surface. This will keep the wax paper from moving and help your kids not get so frustrated. This step is especially important if you have a perfectionist.
- During this phase (before the glue comes out), I suggest have the kids (or you) cut the yarn. Cut it about 20-35% shorter than the template because the glue will make the yarn stretch. How much yarn you will need depends on the template. I would cut a little extra now.
- Now we are ready to get messy. This activity is heavy sensory. I had a kiddo with sensory issues. He is interesting because while he is typically sensory seeking he HATES getting his hands dirty. This is a good one for him to build his endurance. He wound up loving it. Give each child a container of glue. I think a small bowl works best. Put enough glue in the bowl so that it will completely cover the yarn.
- They will submerge the yarn in the glue. Take it out and run two finger gently down the glue taking off the excess. Then lay it on the wax paper following the template. I think it goes better to do the straight lines first. This lays the foundation for the horizontal pieces. Then lay in the yarn that is the horizontal webbing. Remember to overlap the pieces.
Want More STEAM activities?
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If you are enjoying spiders, there is a great activity in the STEAM Kids Halloween book. I will be sharing about our spider with light up eyes later this week. My littlest one is very enamored with spiders right now (thanks to The Very Busy Spider) so she has particularly enjoyed exploring the web. If you have any questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. International customers can purchase here.