Preschool game: Don’t get caught in the spider web!

Another game that was played during our Halloween party was the spider web game. To make this game, the teacher starts by having the children pass a ball of yarn around the circle. Then the children hold on to the yarn and pass it across the circle – going back and forth until we have a spider web.

The challenging part of this game is for the children to remember to hold on tightly to their side or piece of yarn. Once the spider web is ready, it is now time to catch our prey!

We keep the spider web down on the floor and one child walks into the middle of the web then we all lift up together to catch him!

By |2010-10-30T13:42:12+00:00October 30th, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

7 Comments

  1. Teacher Tom October 30, 2010 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Oh, I like this one a lot, Deborah! I just got a new batch of yarn too! Great timing . . .

    • Deborah J. Stewart October 30, 2010 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      We have done the spider web game every year and I try it all kinds of ways but we always like to catch someone in the web. This is the first year we let the children get into the web. Usually we get it all ready and catch a grown up from the office or another teacher. The teacher will come in pretending not to notice the web and we “catch her” ! The kids all think it is really funny!

  2. jenny @ let the children play October 30, 2010 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    I like this one too Deborah – and think our kids will too given their love of creating spiders webs out of wool. I’ve never thought of making into a game before, so thanks for the tip!

    • Deborah J. Stewart October 31, 2010 at 1:48 am - Reply

      Thank you Jenni – I use this a couple of times each year and it is always a success – a little work to show them how to do it at first but then it all goes well:)

  3. Genevieve December 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    I know this is an old post but I like it anyway. At our school we are talking about different habitat and also how people and animals make their homes. This will be a perfect activity for my preK kids. Thanks for sharing 😉

  4. Heidi Jackson October 12, 2017 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Can anyone post how to do this spider web game step by step? Thanks!

    • Deborah Stewart October 17, 2017 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Simply invite the children to pass a ball of yarn around the circle and hold on to the the line as they do. Then pass the ball across the circle, now holding on to the line with two hands. Once a spider web has been made, then the children hold onto their part of the line and lift together to catch the spider (a person walking through the web).

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