Webbing with Students


Early Learning


Visual Organizer


Webbing is a process to capture diverse ideas and to build a project over time. It allows for additional ideas or comments without dismissing earlier thoughts. 

 When a teacher uses a web to capture lots of thoughts from a group of children, she is demonstrating “brainstorming” in a concrete way. Webbing is very visual. Sometimes children and adults don’t think in a 1-2-3 step linear way. It also communicates to a child that every idea is valuable and has a place in the plan and that there are many “right” ideas and possibilities for exploration. It visualizes grouping and connections made in the mind. 

There are two main steps: 

  • Generating ideas or comments (brainstorming) and 
  • Grouping related comments. 

Webbing to capture children’s ideas is usually done during a large group time. Webs can also be done by individuals and can be done over time, with people adding their parts to the web as new ideas occur.  

A topic web is one of the most popular uses for a web. In a topic web, teachers record children’s responses to things like: 

  • What do the children already know? 
  • What would they like to find out? 
  • To whom do they think they could talk? 
  • What places could they visit to help them find out more?  


Chart Paper and Markers


What can early care professionals web? Anything! 

  • Characteristics of a child 
  • Interests of a child 
  • Observations of or about a child 
  • Children’s interests 
  • Domain-specific ideas related to a topic 
  • Activities to do related to a topic/interest