Make a fun and creative activity for kids with this spider web fine motor game! Fantastic for developing the fine motor skills that are essential for pre-writing, while having lots of fun at the same time!
Make your own spider web fine motor game
a basket (we used a metal basket from our fruit and veg stand!)
yarn or string
giant trainer chopsticks (you could also use a peg)
plastic spider toy
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I wound the yarn tightly around the metal basket, making sure to create lots of criss-cross sections, then tied it off and kept it very taught.
I cut some circles of black felt to represent flies and drew some little smily faces onto them with white chalk pen, though this isn’t necessary 🙂 These were then dropped through the yarn to sit in the basket, with some poked in between the cross overs too.
Onto the end of the long trainer chopsticks I stuck the plastic toy spider and then it was all ready to go!
Help Mr Spider to reach all of the flies stuck in his web and gobble them up, without using your fingers to grab them!
All of my kids were desperate to have a go with this activity, ages 1, 4, 6 and 8! I set the older two to have a timed race to see who could grab all the flies the fastest, and of course they loved the competitive element!
Miss 4 enjoyed learning how to open and close the trainer chopsticks and was strengthening her pincer grasp as she played. She carefully removed and lined up all of the flies, then decided to count them all before putting them all back by hand to play all over again. She enjoyed making up a story about the hungry spider and added her own gobbling noises and as he ate his dinner!
This simple set up could be adapted to suit any story book or class theme! It would be great as a Funky Fingers set up in the fine motor skills area of the classroom too. Give the kids a sand or egg timer to race against to make it even more fun!
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