How to Play:
Spread some of the stretchy spider web out in a space e.g. a doorway. Then, take it in turns to stand behind a line and throw the spiders at the web. The winner is the first to get 2 spiders stuck in the web. You can make it more challenging by using a spoon to catapult the spiders into the web.
You can find the spider web in shops like Poundland, B&M and supermarkets. If you don't have any, you could make a web using masking tape and use scrunched-up paper for the spiders.
Gross Motor Skills – Throwing the spider helps to strengthen shoulder muscles. This will provide stability to allow controlled hand movements when children begin to write.
Fine Motor Skills – Untangling the spider from the web develops the pincer grip and hand-eye co-ordination which will help to hold and guide their pencil when they are ready to write.
Encourage them to start with two spiders in their palm and then move one to their fingertips without using their other hand. This is quite tricky!
In-hand manipulation – This is the ability to move and position objects within the hand without using the other hand. This skill will help them to be able to position a pencil correctly when writing.
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