How to Make a Rainbow Spider Web

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This weeks featured book is the very busy spider by Eric Carle and our theme is spider webs. I had a crazy idea that we could spin some rainbow spider webs so I gathered a few items to try.

Remember to check out the bottom of this post for more spider web activities.

Supplies needed to make a rainbow spiderweb

  • color yarn in rainbow colors (red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, purple)
  • black yarn to use as the base of your spiderweb
  • white school glue (water and a bowl to mix in)
  • plastic zip bag on a tray to help contain any spills

Empty a generous amount of glue  into the bowl and water down with water until glue turns liquid. It shouldn’t take that much water but your water mix should still be sticky-eish if you dip your fingers into it and press down on paper.

Cut lengths of black yarn, dip them into the watered down glue mix (fully wet) and make a circle in the middle of your (closed) plastic zip bag. We are using the plastic bag because it is easier to get the dried item off it! Make a few supporting lines with black yarn.

Start from the centre out with your rainbow yarn lengths. Make sure your yarns are close else they are going to come apart when you lift them when they are dry. Cut as many lengths as needed to complete. When we got the the outer colors we cut 2-4 lengths to go around.

My toddler also did this activity! She dipped the yarn and passed them to me, she had a fabulous time poking everything too. Preschoolers can totally do this one by themselves.

Place your tray on a flat area to dry overnight.

I added in a black yarn frame at the last minute so we would have something to hang it by. As we see in the book which we read for this activity (the very busy spider) the spider spins her web bit by bit on a frame as we created with this rainbow spider web!

Yes, my toddler loves this book too! 😉 It was actually read like 4 times before this activity took place. lol

Our rainbow spider web is almost ready for show! We are making a trip to the store this morning to get ourselves a spider to decorate it with 😀

Looking for more spiderweb / book themed activities?

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You are invited to visit our Virtual Book Club for Kids cohosts sites for additional activity ideas all about the weeks theme.  Featured below are many ideas for your preschooler ages 2-5.


Alphabet activities
Printable Spider Web Letter Match Activity – Artsy Momma
Spider Writing Tray – Adventures of Adam
Alphabet spider sticky wall- Toddler Approved

Name activities
Name Webs – Rainy Day Mum

Numbers activities
Spider Web Fingerprint Counting (FREE PRINTABLE)
Hands-on Spider Counting Activity— School Time Snippets

Sensory activities
Spider Web Sensory Bin + Counting Activity – My Storytime Corner
Spider Sensory Bin – Sugar, Spice & Glitter

Science activities
A Very Busy Climbing Spider: DIY Toy and STEM Activity
Spider Types Matching Cards – Kori at Home

Colors activities
Feed the Spider Color Catapulting – Preschool Powol Packets
How to Make a Rainbow Spider Web – Powerful Mothering

Pre-writing activities
Spider Web Sensory Bottle Activity – The Educators’ Spin On It

Movement activities
Spider Web Obstacle Course – Mama Smiles

Shape activities
Creepy-Crawly Pattern Block Mats and 12 Spider Books for Kids—Chickadee Lit
Spider Shape Craft
Spider Counting Puzzles – Sea of Knowledge

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