This is an updated post from years back. Create a life-size indoor (or outdoor!) spider maze that kids can climb in, on, around, and through. This is just one of our favorite spider activities for building skills. Add a fine motor portion to the activity and work on vision activities like visual motor planning and hand-eye coordination as kids play this Fall and Halloween. Happy climbing!
Hand-Eye Coordination and Visual Motor Planning Spider Maze
(This post contains affiliate links.) Little Guy asked one afternoon, if we could make a Living Room Spider Web. We made one of these last year, and he remembered. He remembers every time he sees the skein of red yarn
He says he has to work on his “skills” when he’s crawling over, under, and between strings. All the better to get the bad guys!
We pulled out some chairs and started spinning our web!
This time, we added a twist to our Spider Web. We strung a few Halloween spider rings
along the web. Little Guy had so much fun pulling the rings along the length of the yarn
, around chair legs, down the slopes, and up and over other pieces of yarn.
Motor Planning Maze:
Moving over, under, and around requires gross motor skills and motor planning to plan out, organize, and carry out an action. With the added twist of moving the ring along the length of the string, we added a could of extra developmental skills…
Eye-Hand Coordination Maze:
This was a life-sized puzzle for him as he crawled over and under the string to manipulate the plastic ring along the length of the yarn. What a great visual motor activity for him! He had to visually scan where the ring would go next, and manage his hands to work the ring along the yarn.
Fine Motor and Bilateral Hand Coordination Maze:
Working both of his hands together in a coordinated manner was essential for this activity, and to move that little spider ring along. He had to hold the yarn with one hand and string the ring along with the other hand. All while moving over and under strings below him and above him.
Little Guy LOVED the spider web in our living room. And asked to make another the next day. Try this one…you’re little guy or girl will have so much fun!
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