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Catch A Spider

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Develop children's hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills used for writing by weaving the spider through the web. 

Materials Needed:

  • String
  • Plastic spiders
  • A basket with holes on the sides
  • Clothespins

What to do:

  • Thread the string back and forth through the holes on the basket. Go in all different directions so that it looks like a spider web.
  • Add the plastic spiders to the bottom of the basket.
  • Encourage the child to use the clothespin to pick up the spider at the bottom of the basket and weave it through the web.

Hints and Tips:

  • For older children use tweezers.
  • Use less or more string depending on the child's abilities.
  • Add different types of figurines such as sea animals, dinosaurs etc.

Reference:
Favourite Fine Motor Activities For Preschoolers, Fun Learning For Kids

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    strengthening small hand muscles 
    hand preference 
    developing fine motor skills

  • Play Based Learning: Manipulative Play
  • Interest Areas: Sensory Play
  • Games Categories: Cognitive Development, Fine Motor Skills, Learning Games, Quiet Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 3
  • Sub Outcomes:

    Engage in increasingly complex sensory-motor skills and movement patterns.

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