Kids are fascinated by spiders, even if they find them to be entirely creepy. Maybe you’re a parent who wants to raise a bug-protecting kid. Maybe you’re an educator and your classroom loves to listen to a spider storybook. Either way, this list of interesting and creepy spider facts for kids is the perfect way to spark spider conversations and connect with nature.
Facts to Explain Spiders to Kids
How do you explain spiders to a kid?
Spiders have eight legs.
A spider has two main body sections.
Most spiders have eight eyes.
Most spiders are not dangerous to humans.
About half of all spiders spin webs.
Spiders spin silk to make webs, protect their eggs, or catch insects to eat.
All spiders have fangs.
Not all spiders have venom in their fangs.
Some baby bugs, like bees, look very different from adults, but baby spiders look like tiny adult spiders.
Spiders avoid humans and only bite to protect themselves.
Tarantulas are a type of spider.
Interesting Spider Facts for Kids
Spiders are more active in autumn because that’s their mating season.
Spiders are bigger in autumn too.
A wolf spider carries her babies on her back.
Some spiders spin different kinds of silk depending on what they need it for.
Raft spiders can run on water.
The tiny hairs on spiders’ feet let them walk on the ceiling.
Grass spiders spin a funnel-shaped web.
Spiders have blue blood.
In North America, the most dangerous spiders are the black widow and the brown recluse.
Spiders can’t chew.
Some spiders spin new webs every day.
Some spiders have no eyes.
Tarantulas spin webs to make cozy shelters, not to catch food.
Cobwebs are abandoned spiderwebs.
Some tarantulas can live 30 years.
And that’s all thirty creepy and interesting spider facts for kids. Please comment and let me know what other nature topics your kids have been fascinated by.
Keep the spider fixation going with one of these spider books for kids. These spider facts are the perfect addition to a spider unit or a nature walk. And for the fans of fall, check out these favorite fall books and autumn facts for kids.