Sunday, 28 October 2012

Arghhhh Spider! Exploring Spider Webs


Two of our favourite books at the moment are spider stories - Lydia Monks' Aaaarrgghh. Spider! and Eric Carle's The Very Busy Spider.  So we headed into the garden to find some of our eight legged friends.



Aaaarrgghh. Spider! reminded me of when webs glisten in the dew and the frost and I thought it would be great to search for a real spider and her web.  It isn't cold enough for the frost yet and there wasn't any dew so we make some 'dew' of our own.  We took our garden plant water spray and went on a hunt around the garden.  


The spray made the webs appear as if by magic!  Which of course was very popular - particularly running round the garden with the water spray trying to find another web.  We had lots of spiders in the garden (and we have plenty in the house too!) but this one was at small person height and we had a look at it's body and counted it's legs.  Little Chick and I talked about the shape of the web, how it was made, what the spider used it for and what it's made of.

A very, very simple but fun way to explore some of nature's wonders.

14 comments:

  1. fUN! We have just put out a spider catcher in the garden and have been waiting for our first resident. I would love if you would add this to my Mom's Library Weekly Link-Up.
    http://heymommychocolatemilk.blogspot.com/2012/10/moms-library-link-up-3-for-me.html

    Thanks and Be Blessed,
    Julie

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  2. We love Eric Carle's Book too. I adore spider webs covered in dew but had never thought of wetting them myself. beautiful.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, yes they are so beautiful in the dew aren't they?

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  3. This is great - we're fascinated by spider's web which is great whilst we have dew and frost to show them up but this is a great way to show it with neither of those.

    Thank you so much for linking up to Tuesday Tots and just to let you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.

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    1. Ooh thanks you so much for stopping by and for featuring us. Ellie

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  4. Aaaarrgghh Spider! is one of our class favourites too - this is a great idea & a lovely way to ensure no fear of spiders or compulsory squishing of them on sight! Thanks for adding this to the outdoor play party, Kierna

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    1. Yes it's a great book, thanks for stopping by. Ellie

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  5. what a lovely activity. We have some enormous spider webs on our patio windows and my son loves watching the spiders from the 'safety' of indoors. He is a bit freaked out by all things that scuttle at the moment. We are working on it though.

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    1. Yes it was great fun, it's funny what they are scared of, my two year old is scared of Thomas the Tank Engine at the mo! Thanks for stopping by. Ellie

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  6. If you spray the web (NOT the poor spider!) lightly with hairspray or even spray paint, you can "stick" it to a piece of paper! The spider will build a new web in no time...it gives them something to do!
    I've seen it done on construction paper but I think cardstock would be better.

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    1. Ooh that's an interesting idea, will have to try that next time. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Ellie

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