What You Will Need
- A bag of miniature spiders, usually found at craft store
- A ball of white yarn
- A round wire wreath form, found in the floral section of craft stores (you could also use an embroidery hoop for a smaller version)
- Tongs or tweezers for each Little Pnut (optional depending on developmental level)
To set up, take your wreath form and tie one end of your yarn somewhere on the wire. This is your starting point. Then, wrap the yarn around and around the circle, overlapping and criss-crossing until you end up with a large “web” (see photo). Secure the yarn by tying to the wire at your desired end point and trimming with scissors.
To play, grab your spiders and arrange them around your “web.” Invite your Little Pnuts to place the spiders on and off the web. Younger Little Pnuts will benefit from using their fingers to grasp the spiders. Older Little Pnuts will enjoy using tongs, pincers, or even spoons to try to move the spiders from place to place. You can work on spatial relations and prepositions by asking your Little Pnuts to place the spiders at the top, middle, or bottom of the web, etc. You can also use this activity to work on early math concepts with children who are developmentally ready.
This activities focuses on the following Developmental Milestones for your Little Pnuts:
Fine Motor Development, Receptive Language, Imaginative Play and Cognitive Development
—Stephanie Haass, Little Pnuts Early Childhood Activities Expert & Blogger, founder of www.two-daloo.com