Spider Glider

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In this fun activity about spiders, learners build and design a spider from cardstock, straw, string, and pipe cleaners. They then attach it to a door or wall, and observe how their spider "glides" when its string gliders move with the air.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Types:
Activity, Simulation


Materials List (per student)

  • Crayons or markers
  • Masking Tape
  • Scissors
  • Straw (1)
  • String or fishing line
  • Tag board or construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Pipe cleaners (2)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Science Museum of Minnesota, 1995

Funding Sources:

  • Unisys
  • Science Learning Network
  • National Science Foundation