Create some spooky halloween decorations this year and learn about magical spiders (they're not really magical but they're pretty amazing). In this worksheet you will create a giant spider but you need to promise not to scare your gran!
Five amazing facts about spiders
Spiders have 8 eyes
Most spiders have 8 eyes, but actually they can't see long distances, only very close to them. Luckily they don't need to wear glasses because they normally catch flies and other insects in their webs so don't need to spot prey from afar.
Female spiders lay up to 3,000 eggs in one go
Can you imagine having 2,999 brothers and sisters?! Spiders lay thousands of eggs in sacks that they spin from silk. Did you know that baby spiders are called spiderlings?
Spiders produce silk to build their webs
Firstly, not all spiders spin webs. Less than half of the spiders found in the UK do. However, the ones that do spin webs are amazing! Spiders spin 2 types; sticky silk and non-sticky silk. The basis of the web is built from non-sticky silk and then the sticky silk is woven in between to snare the prey. The spiders themselves walk along the non-sticky strands to avoid getting caught in their own webs!
Jumping spiders can jump up to 50 times their body length
If you're 120cm tall you would have to jump 600 metres to compete with a jumping spider. That means jumping twice as far as the height of the Shard! Jumping spiders really have super powers!
There are some really giant spiders
The South American Goliath birdeater has a whopping 30cm leg span and as the name suggests, does sometimes eat birds, although it's more likely to be found snacking on insects and amphibians. Another big spider is the Giant huntsman spider which, amazingly, was only discovered in 2001 in a cave in Laos. Don't worry too much as all the giant spiders live a long way away from the UK but you could always go to see them at London Zoo.