Keep your little one busy with this “very busy spider” fine motor skill/matching game! I chose to practice Madelines name/letter recognition but you could do shapes, numbers, colors, etc!
Craft/Activity/Snack: Spider with Clothespin legs- Matching/Fine Motor Activity
Objective: Practice letter/name recognition as well as sharpen fine motor skills by matching up and clipping clothespin to the corresponding letter on a cute spider body!
Skills Utilized: fine motor skills, name/letter recognition, counting
Suggested Reading: The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Materials: clothespins, thin cardboard (we used a cereal box!), black paint, glue, 8 white paper squares, scissors, black marker, googly eyes/paper eyes
Your child could certainly help in the process of making the actual spider, however I chose to prep it all while Maddy napped. I started by cutting a circle out of the cardboard then traced it on the black paper. Cut out the black circle and glue on top of the cardboard.
Next, glue on the eyes as well as the small squares of paper. Fill in the squares with the letters, numbers, shapes, whatever you choose to do. We got lucky and Madelines name has 8 letters, so we went with that!
Next, paint the clothespins black, leaving a blank space at the top. Once they are dry, add the letter/number/shape. They should look like this:
First, we read The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. We checked ours out from our local library, but I think I may have to add it to her personal collection. She loved it!
Time to play! I had Maddy first look at the letters and identify each, I explained it spelled her name. I then simply told her “Let’s match each letter and put the spiders legs back on!” She gave me an enthusiastic “Okay!!”
Pinching and getting that clothespin on just right was a challenge for her, but she remained focused and happily worked on it for a long while.
Ways to Expand Upon this Activity:
- Sing Itsy Bitsy Spider. We love Laurie Berkners version!
- Make your spider reversible by doing number matching on the opposite side.
- For younger children, skip the matching part and have them simply put clothespins onto the spider body.