Recommended ages: 2-5
This sticky spider web activity, which can be done in any doorway or hallway, mimics pests getting stuck in a spider web. It’s perfect for indoor gross motor play, letting children practice using their whole body to balance, use hand-eye coordination, and plan and execute movements in a sequence.
What you will need
• Tape (Blue painters tape is easiest to remove, but any tape will work for this activity.)
• Cotton balls or balled -up paper
How to set up the activity
Use the tape to create a web in a doorway or hallway.
What to do
• Allow your child to throw the cotton or paper balls at the sticky side of the web to see how many he can get to stick.
• Encourage your child to count the balls as they stick to the web.
• Younger children may need larger paper balls for easier throwing or aiming.
Start a conversation about spiders by asking your child questions like, “Are spiders’ webs sticky? Why?” and “What kinds of insects do you think get trapped in a spider’s web?”
Pro Tip: If your child enjoys art, encourage him to draw different types of bugs on the paper balls to pretend that bugs are flying into the web.