Making a Spider's Web

This lesson developed by Reach Out! Recommended Age: Preschool and Early Elementary


How can I make a spider's web?

What you need:

What you do:

  1. First, with your felt pen, mark spots on the suare board where you would like to put some nails.
  2. Carefully use a hammer and pound a nail into each mark you made. You may want some help so you don't hurt a finger!
  3. Take long pieces of string and wrap around the nails. You might find you make a specific design, or you may find you have a pretty random kind of web!
  4. Keep going with pieces of string until you like the web you have created.
  5. When you are done, lay your board on a piece of newspaper.
  6. Shake your can of spray starch and then spray your web.
  7. Leave it alone so it can dry.
  8. When it is dry, carefully use the hammer to pull out each nail. Again, you may want some help. You have a spider's web!

What is happening?

Spiders have what we call abdominal spinnerets that make silk for cocoons and webs. You have made something like a spider's web with your string. Whenever you see a spider's web, stop and take a good look at it. Usually they have a very clear design to them and a pattern to their form. You may want to try making other spider webs with more of a pattern in mind.

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