This is a fun activity for kids learning the alphabet to make a spider web by following the letter S.
Since we’ve had so much fun with the Follow the Lines of String to Find the Apple activity we did (over and over again) I came up with this spider web activity for George to make his own, plus learn a little too!
This one is all about the letter S. S is for Spider Web.
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That means that this activity is learning about the letter S, while on the move!
I had to prep a little bit for this activity, mostly because my orange yarn got chopped into pieces by a scissor happy child… I’m not sure which one so I won’t name any names, but I have my suspicions. It took me forever to find a string long enough to make a spider web.
To play off the spider web part of this activity, I made a little spider out of a black pipe cleaner. I cut it into four pieces and them folded them over each other to make 8 legs. I tied it onto the end of the string. However, the spider did not get used. George was scared by it and wouldn’t touch it, just in case it was real. (The spider was supposed to be the one making the spider web…)
I also cut pieces of paper into small squares and wrote the letter S on all of them.
Some alternatives to learn instead of just recognizing a single letter:
- Write the entire alphabet to have kids practice the order of the alphabet.
- Write a number to recognize.
- Write numbers 1-10 or 20 to count through.
- Write a sight word that a child is struggling with.
Then, I lined up my dining room chairs, back to back to make a ‘hallway’. I taped the letter S’s to the backs of the chairs, near places that George could string the yarn through.
I tied the string to the first letter S on one end of the hallway.
George then took the yarn and strung it through the backs of the dining room chairs, back and forth, finding the S’s.
The only rule was that he needed to go back and forth.
My kids love this sticky spider web! Find out how to make your own here.
Once he strung around an S on one side of the ‘hallway’, he needed to find an S on the other side.
Back and forth.
It didn’t matter it he went in order or not.
After doing it a couple of times with a hallway for a spider web, we decided to make a more vertical spider web with just two chairs, further a part.
I moved all the S’s to just the two chairs and George strung them back and forth.
Some notes for success in making a spider web:
- Help the child pull the string through, the yarn gets caught at times and can break.
- Position the S’s so that they’re near places that the string can wrap around and not just through. The ‘rails’ of the chairs seem like a good spot, but the yarn will slide up or down.
- Ask about the letter S along the way to help the child recognize the letter. Tell them about words that start with S, or ask what the letter is they’re looking for.
Want another spider web activity? Here’s more:
- Make a spider web maze
- Practice sight words on a spider web
- Make a sticky spider web
- Plus, 10 not-so-frightful spider web crafts and activities
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