Fall has always been my favorite season. I love the crisp air, pumpkins, colorful leaves…and the spiderwebs! Last week, we woke up to a thick fog that lined the spiderwebs with tiny droplets of water which revealed a marvelous display.
Different kinds of spiders make different kinds of webs, but they all make them for one main reason – to trap food! To me, the most marvelous thing about spiderwebs is that these small creatures are able to make these elaborate and efficient traps without a single lesson! Spiders are born knowing how to build their webs – they don’t need anyone to teach them.
October is a great month to observe and learn about spiderwebs. Here are some ideas for sharing fall’s proliferation of spiderwebs with students, family, and friends:
I hope that you and your family will try some of these activities and that you feel a sense of wonder the next time you see a spiderweb.
Emily Morgan is the author of Next Time You See a Spiderweb from NSTA Press.