It took me a while to figure out how to make a web obstacle course for my kids. You would have thought I’d go straight to the expert for help, a spider, but it took me a little while to figure that one out.
While searching for spider web structures online, I found this excellent diagram. It was almost exactly what I wanted my obstacle course to be like. I love that it points out the parts of a spider web too, and I’ll be using these terms to explain how I made the obstacle course.
You will need :
- A lot of rope
- Two 1.5 meter stakes
- One smaller stake, about 30cm long
- Matches or lighter
- Glue gun (affiliate)
- Craft string
How to make the spider web obstacle course
- Knock two tall wooden stakes into the ground about 1.5 meters apart.
- Place the smaller stake into the ground between the two larger stakes.
- Start with assembling the bridge threads and anchor threads (like the diagram above). Ensure you burn off the ends of the rope or they’ll fray.
- Use nails to attach the rope to the stakes.
- Make a rope circle to start the axillary spiral (see photos). I attached the radius threads to the rope circle using a glue gun. I made another rope circle for the other side of the web too, to give it further support and make the web look good from both sides.
- Now the fun starts. Just like a spider, make the auxiliary spiral first (to support the web before starting the more intricate capture spiral). Glue the end of the rope to the auxiliary circle and then weave the spiral through the radius threads. It held quite well at the start of the spiral for us but when you move outward, you’ll need to use the glue gun to secure it onto the radius threads.
- Make sure you increase the space between the auxiliary spirals as you move outward to give that spider web effect.
- Now make the capture spiral. I used craft string for this part.
- Attach the string to the auxiliary circle (in the same way you made the auxiliary spiral) and start weaving though the radius threads. This time though, kept the gap between the strings a similar length apart. So don’t make the gap wider.
- Once you’ve run out of room to weave, you’re done.
The spider web looks awesome at night with these solar dragon fly lights though them too!
Next week I’ll be posting activities that you can do with the spider web obstacle course, plus a free fly/butterfly mask printable that was a hit with Miss Possum and the kids next door.
Building a spider web obstacle course may take a little more effort than most of the activities on this blog but it was well worth it and we are using it in more ways than one!