This week we have been embracing the coolness of spiders. Yes, they can be kind of creepy. Yes, arachnophobia is real, impacting 10% of men and 50% of women. Despite that, they can be very fascinating to learn about, and I think they are a fun creature to explore this time of year. As a group of moms, we decided to celebrate spiders for the first grade harvest party at my daughters’ school. We decided a theme would be a fun way to go. I decided to make this fun spider facts for kids printable because I can’t waste an opportunity for learning.
I am a teacher turned stay-at-home mom. When we discussed the food, crafts and activities we wanted to do with the students, we did not discuss adding fun spider facts. As I have been working to contribute to bringing it all together, I just had to add interesting characteristics of our creepy, crawly friends.
I thought it would be fun to create this printable with little “place cards” that we could set at the food table. As we introduce the food items – spider eggs, spider guts, spider juice boxes, spider donuts and spider cupcakes – we can also introduce some of the information about spiders presented on these cards.
Here are the fun facts attached to the cards:
- Spiders lay between 2 to 3000 eggs depending on the species.
- Most spiders have 8 simple eyes.
- Spiders with hair on them are mammals, and thus produce milk. UGH – UPDATE: I was absolutely wrong about this. Spiders are not mammals. I had grab this fact from an incorrect source. I cannot re-make my printable, but please don’t use this fact to teach kids.
- Giant Huntsman spiders have leg-spans of around12 inches – the length of a ruler.
- A web made of strands of spider silk as thick as a pencil could stop a Boeing 747 jumbo jet in flight.
- Some spiders eat their webs and then reuse them.
- A spider has no bones. Rather, it has an exoskeleton, which is like a hard suit of armor that protects its body.
- Most spiders live for about a year. However, some tarantulas live more than 20 years.
Those are 8 of the many facts I found. Here are 83 more amazing spider facts for you. It’s super interesting, right?