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In this outdoor science/art activity, learners investigate spider webs by using string to create their own spider webs. Before making their own web models, learners look closely at spider webs in nature, using a water mist sprayer to make real webs more visible in their natural setting. Learners also consider the spiders and other animals they spot on or very near real webs. (In case of rain, this activity can be done in an old shed, garage or shelter where spider webs are found.)

Quick Guide

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • 20-cm X 20-cm piece of fiberboard, triwall cardboard or soft, flat ceiling tile
  • 8 meters of crochet thread
  • 60 small nails
  • thimble or pencil
  • pastic spray mister
  • broomstraw
  • weaving webs technique card for group
  • 3-4 scissors for group


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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