Nature Activity

Collect a Spider Web


One of the ways you can tell an insect from a spider is that insects have one body part while spiders have two body parts. The first part, called the prosoma, contains the spider’s eyes and mouth. The second is the abdomen, which is where the fluid that becomes the silk for its webs comes from. Did you know that spider silk is stronger than steel wire of the same size? Isn’t that amazing?

Supplies Needed:

  • Spider web
  • Black construction paper or poster board
  • White spray paint
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Spray acrylic sealer (optional)
Common Garden Spider
Bible Lesson

Just like the spiders, we are weaving or spinning a pattern in life. Each decision we make affects the pattern. Bad choices will make our pattern weak so that our enemy, Satan, can break through and cause us harm. We need to make sure we make good choices so that our pattern is strong and when Satan comes we will be able to resist him. The Bible says that when we resist the devil, he flees from us. If you want the devil to run away from you, learn about Jesus through the Bible and let Him be your example.

Look up these verses. See how they apply: Ephesians 6:10, 11, Mark 14:38, Psalms 119:11

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”– James 4:17

Steps:

  1. Find clear animal track prints in mud or hard sand. Try to get one of each foot if possible, or at least a front and back.
  2. Cut the carton in half with the top half cut into 1-inch rings.
  3. Place the rings around the tracks, and push them carefully into the mud or sand.
  4. In the bottom half of the carton, mix 1 cup of plaster with ½ cup water until the mixture is the consistency of pancake batter (not too runny).
  5. Gently pour the mixture into the rings.
  6. Let the plaster harden in the molds for around one hour.
  7. Carefully dig up the casts, and wrap them in newspaper.
  8. Let the molds harden for several hours. Remove the carton rings, and clean them with water and a brush. (An old toothbrush works well.)
  9. What you have now is the raised impressions of the tracks. You can use the cast to make the same tracks in clay.
spider web image

jumping spider image
FUN FACT: Not all spiders spin webs. The jumping spider makes little silken shelters under leaves or bark.
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