Colorful Spiderwebs

Colorful Spiderweb designI found this idea on Tunstall’s Teach­ing Tid­bits (thank you, Pin­ter­est!), and thought it would make a fun fall draw­ing les­son for my 1st graders.  I was sur­prised by how chal­leng­ing the web design was for many of them!  They drew the straight lines with no prob­lem at all, but the curvy lines were a dif­fer­ent story!  This was chal­leng­ing but still age-appropriate.… and once it “clicked” for them, they loved it!  I have a feel­ing some par­ents will be find­ing lots of spi­der­webs around the house in the days ahead!  Add a spi­der for authenticity!

Colorful Spiderweb with Spider

Mate­ri­als:

  • 12x12 white con­struc­tion paper
  • col­or­ful markers

Optional — to add a spider:

  • 6x6 black con­struc­tion paper
  • scis­sors
  • glue stick
  • 8 tiny jig­gle eyes

Direc­tions:

  1. With a black marker, make the “frame­work” for your spi­der­web:  First, draw a ver­ti­cal line down the mid­dle, and then a hor­i­zon­tal line cross­ing it in the mid­dle.  Next, draw two diag­o­nal lines from cor­ner to cor­ner.  (For some stu­dents, it’s eas­ier to draw from the cen­ter out to the cor­ners… you can let them decide what works best!)
  2. Now, add the “web­bing” by draw­ing a slightly curved line that joins each sec­tion.  (This was the tricky part for my stu­dents! They kept want­ing to make their lines curv­ing out, like flower petals rather than curv­ing in toward the cen­ter.  I tried remind­ing them to make “val­leys”, not “moun­tains”.  I also tried sketch­ing the lines with the eraser on the end of my pen­cil so they could trace over my eraser lines until they got the hang of it.)Black & white spiderweb
  3. Next, choose two con­trast­ing col­ors that you like together.  Begin in one of the cen­ter sec­tions and color every other sec­tion with your first color.  Then color the in-between sec­tions with your sec­ond color.
  4. Move out to the next row, and color with an alter­nat­ing pat­tern, so that the same col­ors only touch in the corners.

Optional spi­der:

  1. Cut four skinny strips (about 1/4″ wide) from one edge of your 6x6 black paper.  Cut them in half and set aside.  These will be your spider’s legs.
  2. On the remain­ing paper, draw a cir­cle about the size of a quar­ter, and a larger oval over­lap­ping it. This will be your spider’s head and body.
  3. Cut this out and apply glue around the edge of the body.  Stick four legs on each side.
  4. Turn over and apply a layer of glue all over the cir­cle (head).
  5. Now place 8 tiny jig­gle eyes onto the head.
  6. You can glue your spi­der onto its web, or sim­ply stick it on with a tape roll so you can move it around!

Green and yellow spiderweb with spider

Orange and gray spiderweb with spiderOrange and pink spiderweb with spider

 I’m not nor­mally a fan of spi­ders, but I have to admit, these are adorable!!

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Colorful Spiderwebs

  1. lauralee November 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    This is just devel­op­men­tally hard for 6 year olds. Try it with your third graders and you’ll have lots more success!

  2. Cheryl Trowbridge November 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    Thanks for your com­ment, Lau­ralee! I agree this was chal­leng­ing for my 1st graders, but they really enjoyed it and learned a lot in the process! My 3rd graders would have been bored with it. 2nd grade might be the tar­get age group for this project since it comes up so early in the year.
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