Age level: Preschool, Early Elementary
Description: Willy’s Wiggly Web is a unique game for preschool learners to practice basic skills in an active manner. The set up is unlike most games I’ve seen in that posts are placed in a base so a web can be stretched across them. The object of the game is to work as a team to cut all the bugs free from the web, without letting Willy (the spider in the center) fall from the web.
Skills & Modifications: One of my favorite things about this game is that it contains three levels of play, all with the same primary goal. You can easily select the appropriate level of play for your learner.
Motor Skills/Scissor Skills – It is very difficult to find games that practice scissor skills. Many of my learners with autism don’t want to even pick up a pair of scissors or are completely bored by the tasks given them to practice scissor skills. But there is nothing boring about Willy’s Wiggly Web! The first level of play is simply having each player take turns making 3 cuts to try to free the bugs.
Counting – As a player is making cuts, all players count aloud together. In Level 1, all players make 3 cuts each turn. But in Level 2, cards are introduced that vary the number of cuts each player makes. On one turn, you may only make 1 cut, while on the next turn you may make 5 cuts.
Peer Play/Taking Turns – The main reason I love this game for peer play is that my students with autism who love this game are attending to the turns of other players. They are highly motivated to see what happens on each turn, which increases their engagement and their opportunities for interactions.
Recognizing Left and Right – Levels 2 and 3 of this game provide lots of practice with recognizing left and right. I love how it’s built into the game in a simple way.
Problem Solving – I often play this game with one learner with autism and his/her sibling(s) and parent(s). It’s interesting to see the siblings talking with each other about where the next cut may be made. It’s simple problem solving and provides a great foundation for more complex problem solving in other games or in real life situations.
Pros: Beyond the fact that Peaceable Kingdom has managed to provide a fun game focused on scissor skills, my favorite thing about this game is that my students are so motivated to attend to all the things happening throughout the game.
Cons: No cons! The webs are made out of an excellent materials that doesn’t tear too easily but does provide good cutting practice for my students. Fifty webs are included in the game, and when you run out you simple call Peaceable Kingdom for free replacements!
ABLLS: A10, A19, K15, L2, L4, L8, R5, Z12
VB-MAPP: Social Behavior & Social Play 6, Social Behavior & Social Play 9
Willy’s Wiggly Web was provided to me for free by the company Peaceable Kingdom to write about here. This did not influence my opinions on the game. The thoughts and ideas above are all my own.