What animal can you think of that has 8 legs and weaves webs? If you said a spider, then you are correct!
Here in Oakland Park, we are lucky to have a lot of spiders around. You might say “Ewwww! I don’t like spiders. They are scary!” I am hoping that by learning some interesting facts about why spiders are so important for our environment, you might not think they are so gross or scary. Although you should always be mindful of spiders and their webs, so that you or the spider don’t get hurt.
Do you want to try to make your own spider web or pretend to wrap your food up like a spider does?
All we need to pretend to be a spider and make webs is string and some sticks. I prefer yarn but any string will work. Our string will act as spider silk.
First you’ll need to find three sticks (all around the same sails) and any color yarn or string that you like best. You can even use different colors if you prefer.
We start by tying the sticks together in the middle. It does not have to be a perfect knot and it might be a little wobbly. It’s about the process not the product!
Once your sticks are stuck together, we can start to weave our web. Try to do an under than over pattern as you weave.
For this activity will need any kind of yarn or string and an object to wrap. The object can be small toys, books, or even nature treasures you find outside like rocks or shells.
To prep this activity all you have to do is wrap whatever items you find in layers of yarn. Tip: The more yarm the longer the play!
If you have some extra yarn left at the end of your projects, I encourage you to go outside and make some webs around a couple of trees or wrap a tree up in different colors!
Please remember not to touch spiders or spider webs in nature. Some spiders could bite you and make you sick, so it’s best to look at from far away.
Here are some awesome spiders I found in my yard:
Don’t forget to check out a video of me reading one of my favorite spider books, The Very Busy Spider, by Eric Carle.
Annie Knott is a South Florida Native and is proud to call Oakland Park her home. She is the mother to 4 young children. Annie has taught gymnastics, dance, art classes, and directed summer camps for over 15 years. She currently teaches nature-based guided play classes in the community. If Annie isn’t attending one of Oakland Park’s fun-filled events with her family, she can be found gardening in her exotic fruit orchard, paddle boarding on the Middle River, or photographing nature & wildlife.