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Spider Web Target Practice

This activity is suitable for any age group that has the ability to throw! It has the multiple benefits of being easy to create and linking to many areas of the EYFS Development Matters. With just a few items and a good aim, this activity helps to build on physical development, particularly hand-eye coordination.

Photographer: Robert Anasch | Source: Unsplash

Follow our simple step-by-step guide to have a go at this activity today:

What you will need:

· Hula-hoop

· Sticky tape (any kind as long as it is sticky!)

· Cotton wool or paper

Photographer: Kelly Sikkema | Source: Unsplash

Preparing the activity:

1. Place strips of sticky tape across the hula-hoop, ensuring the sticky sides all face the same way. Try to criss-cross the tape to mimic the pattern of a spider’s web.

2. Prepare some small balls of cotton wool or scrunched up paper. Make enough for 2 or 3 per child.

3. Round up the troops and get throwing.

4. The hula hoop can then either be hung up if possible or held by an adult.

Photographer: Patricia Prudente | Source: Unsplash

Doing the activity:

The aim of the game is to throw the cotton wool or paper balls onto the sticky tape and see how many “flies” can be caught on the “web”. Demonstrate to the children how they could try to do this. A marker on the ground is a good idea as it ensures a fair challenge for every child (this can be a chalk line on the floor or any item that can represent a place to stand).

The hula-hoop can be held or hung closer to younger children and further away for older ones. The children can then take it turns to throw their “flies” onto the web and see how many they can get to stick. Encourage them to take their time and aim properly, ensuring they look where they would like to aim.

Showing the children the benefits of taking part one at a time not only inspires patience and paying attention to what others are doing, but also builds confidence in the children as they take centre stage for their turn. If children are uncomfortable going independently, they may want to choose a friend or adult that can have a turn with them.

Mathematics can also be tied in as they can count their individual “flies” that stick to the target and the total can be counted at the end.

Photographer: Vitolda Klein | Source: Unsplash

Tracking the activity:

16-26 months

Communication and Language: Understanding- Understands simple sentences (e.g. ‘Throw the ball.’)

22-36 months

Physical Development: Moving and Handling- May be beginning to show preference for dominant hand.

Mathematics: Numbers- Recites some number names in sequence.

30-50 months

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Self Confidence and Self Awareness- Is more outgoing towards unfamiliar people and more confident in new social situations.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Managing feelings and behaviour- Begins to accept the needs of others and can take turns and share resources, sometimes with support from others.

Communication and Language: Listening and attention- Is able to follow directions (if not intently focused on own choice of activity).

Mathematics: Numbers- Knows that numbers identify how many objects are in a set.

40-60 months

Physical Development: Moving and Handling- Shows increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it.

Physical Development: Moving and Handling- Shows a preference for a dominant hand.

Mathematics: Numbers- Counts objects to 10, and beginning to count beyond 10.