Gross Motor Activities

Spider Maze

I saw this maze on No Time For Flash Cards Blog and thought it was such a great idea! I decided to kick it up a notch and plug in as many “OT skills” I can combine into this game to make it fun while working on many important skills.

You Will Need:

  • Painters Tape
  • Ghost cut outs
  • Grabber
  • Sight words/Spelling written on index cards (I used flash cards here)
  • Koosh Balls (the ones I used all Holloween spiders)

Begin by creating a spider web using the tape.

Ask your child to begin at the top of the web and ask them to walk on the blue tape and pick up a specific koosh ball that you indicate by using the grabber. They must stay on the blue lines the whole time (this works on balance and coordination) and use the grabber t o pick up a koosh ball and make their way out of the web (this works on hand and finger strength)

If they cross a sight word card, they must pick it up and read it . If they read it correctly, they may continue along to get to their koosh ball, otherwise they start over from the beginning (with a group of children, it would then be the next child’s turn).

If they cross a ghost they must pick up the sight word, look at it for 10 seconds and then spell it. Again, if they spell it correctly they continue on their way.

You can also use this for handwriting. Just ask the child to pick up the card that they cross and write it on a dry erase board or paper as they reach their destination.


The kids really loved this activity! And also loved to peel the tape. I asked them to make a big ball out of it! You would be surprised to see that this sticky medium can be challenging for some children! It takes motor planning to form the tape into a ball!


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