Are you looking for a Halloween activity with loads of learning opportunities? Try this web craft. I made this with my son (8) on a slow Sunday afternoon – read on to find out how we did it.
- Yarn or string
- Two rocks (one big and one small)
- Chenille sticks / pipe cleaners
- Non-toxic acrylic paint in black, white and neon colours
- Googly eyes
- Glue gun and approx 1-2 refills.
What to do:
For the web:
- Begin by structuring the web itself. This is a great problem solving exercise so experiment with different shapes to see what works. We decided on this pentagon in the end as anything more started to break a part.
- Once happy with the shape, use a glue gun to fit together.
- Start to wrap the yarn around the structure, paying close attention to the joins.
- Paint the web white (optional)
For the spider and fly:
- Paint the rocks black and leave to dry
- Cut chenille sticks into quarters then glue to the body (we used eights for the fly wings)
- Attach the googly eyes
- Pull off any loose bits of glue gently (it’s best to do this when the glue has cooled to avoid burns)
✔️We used our creative brains to turn sticks (and wool) into a web and stones into a spider + fly.
✔️The construction of the web required a bit of engineering and problem solving. We decided to make a pentagon that was glued together as it seemed stronger than larger shapes.
✔️H used his fine motor skills and hand strength to wrap the wool and attach the eyes and legs to the spider.
✔️We learnt a bit about spider webs along the way – did you know there are several different types?
✔️We covered off mathematics with the number of legs a spider has (I know we don’t have the eyes technically correct) and the name of the shape the web is made from.
✔️ Finally a bit of literature and poetry to recall the famous ‘The Spider and Fly’ poem.
Children can be taught how to use a glue gun safely from a relatively young age, providing you lay down the ground rules first. We tend to start using glue guns from around the age of five under close supervision – this is after plenty of exposure to other arts and crafts first. I’m a real firm believer in allowing children to create and experiment freely with process art first before moving on to structured topics such as this.
The problem solving and engineering side of this craft appealed to my Lego mad eldest but with younger children, you may wish to consider building the web yourself first, then inviting them to wrap the yarn around the structure.
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