Fine Motor Spider Web Activity

This is a super simple spider or Halloween idea for promoting fine motor skills in young children.

It’s also a fun way to get your kids to exercise the muscles in their hands, fingers, and arms that are necessary for holding a pencil and writing- or fine motor skills.

Spider Web Rubbing for Preschool

Supplies Needed for Spider Web for Rubbing Template

  • Elmer’s Liquid Glue
  • Cardstock
  • Black Construction Paper
  • White Crayons (peeled)

I used white cardstock because that is what I had available but you will probably be better off using a different color so your web is more visible.

spider web tracing activity

How to Create the Spider Web Rubbing Template

  • Squeeze the liquid glue on to the cardstock to create a spider’s web template
  • After the web is dry attach the template to the easel
  • Place the black paper on top of the web template and secure
  • Pinch the peeled white crayon between your fingers with the long side flat on the paper
  • Rub the white crayon back and forth and up and down across the black paper until a spider web appears

glue spider web activity

Tips for Using Spider Web Rubbing Template

I suggest explaining and demonstrating the activity to your students first. I don’t know if you can tell in the picture at the top but I had a few cuties who didn’t understand you had to cover the template with a piece of paper :)

Of course, this activity could be changed up to go along with almost any theme, I’m thinking turkeys at Thanksgiving, snowmen, hearts- the sky’s the limit!

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About Vanessa Levin

Vanessa is the creator of Pre-K Pages and author of the book A Fabulous First Year and Beyond: A Practical Guide for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers. She has more than two decades of teaching experience and enjoys helping kids and teachers through her professional development sessions. Follow Vanessa on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Pinterest.


  1. Sue Reynolds says:

    I have done a similar activity using a hot glue gun to make the raised design for the kids to use as a rubbing plate. Thanks for reminding me of this activity!

  2. Heidi Butkus says:

    That’s a fun one!!!! Thanks for the great ideas, Vanessa!

  3. tanya laws says:

    We include the spider web(from the last page) rubbing fine motor skills when we read Eric Carle’s, The Very Busy Spider. The web grows as the story progresses and we ask the children “wh” questions as they make their magical spider web. To finish off, they use their thumbprint to make a spider body on the web and draw the eight legs and two eyes as well.

  4. Love your site! Thanks for sharing so much great information!

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