This spider post began two ways really. First with a book and second with a video. And well, if you throw in Halloween, I guess that makes a third way….
The Book: My youngest loves the (song and) book The Itsy Bitsy Spider. We have a few different versions of it, but our favorite is Iza Trapani’s version.
The Video: We found this fantastic video on youtube of a spider building its web. To see the video, click here.
Halloween: No explanation needed.
So, we set about on two different projects. One, to create a “like a real one” spider ‘s web (requested my eldest). And the second, to make some not-too-creepy spiders for my youngest.
Creating a “Real” Spider Web
- a wire coat hanger
- yarn (or thread)
- Elmers glue
While this is not technically the way a spider’s web is formed by a spider, it worked best for us. If you would like to see how to make a “real” web or make a giant web, visit How to Make a Spider Web Obstacle Course from Wildlife Fun 4 Kids
Stretch a wire hanger so that the main part is the shape of a spider web (as best you can).
Cut a length of yarn for the frame of the web. Tie the end of the yarn at 12 o’clock and secure it with some Scotch tape (cellotape). Stretch it to 6 o’clock, tie a knot and secure with tape (this keeps it from slipping). Cut the yarn end. Cut a new piece and do the same from 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock. Finally repeat two more times–between 1 and 2 o’clock and 7 and 8 o’clock and between 4 and 5 o’clock and 10 and 11 o’clock.
Cut a new piece of yarn and start going around the spider web as shown below. We only went around 3 times due to an antsy 5 year old…
Once this was done, we laid our web flat on some wax paper and put a dot of glue where each piece of string met to keep them from slipping.
While our web was drying, we moved onto the spiders.
- black paint and paintbrush
- toilet paper tubes (one tube makes 3 spiders)
- googly eyes (two per spider)
- black pipe cleaners (2 per spider0
- hot glue gun (optional)
- hole puncher
- Cut the toilet paper rolls into thirds
- Cut each pipe cleaner in half
- Preserve a web
- How a Spider Works
- Look at some photos of different kinds of spider webs at National Geographic for Kids
- How to Photograph a Spider Web