Monday, October 7, 2013

Fine Motor Fun: Pipe Cleaner Spider Web

I surprised the girls with this fun little set up after quiet time today. 

What I love about this Halloween project is that not only is it a cute little craft but it's a great way to practice those fine motor skills. 

The materials used: 
- Silver and white pipe cleaners cut up into various lengths. 
- Glue
- Black construction paper
-White crayons 
- Foam spider stickers 

I drew the spider web shape onto the black paper ahead of time. When the girls arrived I demonstrated how to line up the pipe cleaners to the spider web and glue them on. I also explained that there are various sizes to fit the small, medium and large lines. 

My 3 year old enjoyed lining up the outside of the spider web. 

My 5 year old started off lining the outside and then quickly made her way to the inside as well. 

It takes some strength to press down on the pipe cleaners and hold them in place with the glue. The girls didn't know it but they were hard at work practicing fine motor skills! 

I let them tell me when they were done and since it took awhile to hold each pipe cleaner in place neither of them filled up the entire web or even came close. We like to encourage the process NOT the product so that was just fine! :) 

Next they placed these cute adorable spider foam stickers (purchased from Michaels) on their spider webs and they were done. 

*We all know that not everything turns out as planned and even with lots of glue some of the pipe cleaners were not sticking. I waited until they were dry and the ones that didn't stick I placed a small piece of clear scotch tape over them and that seemed to do the trick. Upon reflection this probably would work better with yarn. 

There you have our fine motor fun with a Halloween spider web!

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  1. Super cute idea! Love the cute spiders you got to put on the webs!

  2. Fun! I have a 3-year old who *loves* glue--he would think this is so awesome!

  3. This is such a cute idea! It looks like the kids had fun putting it together. I have shared this post on my Facebook page.

  4. HI Tricia. This is adorable and so engaging! I love how you added in the spiders. Thank you for sharing on our page today!

  5. What a great idea. I never would have thought to use silver pipecleaners for webs. I love this. And you can tell by the look of concentration on her face that it was, indeed, a fine-motor work out!

  6. This is a really cute idea! I've pinned it so I'll remember it for next year with my youngest. :) Thank you for sharing!

  7. That is really good for fine motor skills - and I love the stickers.

  8. This is a very cute craft project for Halloween! This hands-on craft would be fun for any age :-) Thank you for sharing and for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop.

  9. Super cute craft!! Pinning to share with my readers. I would love to have you join up with the PreK & Kindergarten Community on my site and share your ideas each Friday. :)

  10. This is adorable and so great for fine motor! Thanks so much for linking up to Discover & Explore- I'm featuring you this week!

  11. So excited to feature this as part of my 'Share It Saturday' collection.
    Thank you so kindly for linking up.


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