Spiders are all around us, which are why it is an amazing topic for children to learn. Many children are scared of spiders, but that will reduce when they learn these fun facts about spiders. Your children will love these incredible spider web facts.
20 Interesting Spider Facts & Information for Children
Here are some spider facts for preschoolers.
- Spiders have two body segments, so they are called the arachnids. They cannot be categorized as insects. Other arachnids include ticks, mites, and scorpions.
- Due to loss of habitat, many spiders are disappearing and becoming endangered. Just like large animals, spiders are valuable to the world. But most people do not realize this.
- An average human adult is more than 250000 times heavier than a normal spider.
- Not every web we see is spiral shaped. Certain types of spider create webs of shapes of tunnels or dense sheets. For instance, grass spiders form funnel-shaped webs, which are not sticky. These spiders build a web on top of the grass.
- Spiders move their legs inwards and towards their body using their muscles. But the spiders cannot pull their legs outwards using muscles.
- To move their legs out, body water is pumped to each of the legs. This is why spiders sometimes curl up because it has lost too much water for outward movement.
- Spiders have eight eyes, but most of them cannot see properly. These spiders feel to know what their webs have caught.
- Spiders lay and store the eggs in an egg sac in order to keep the eggs safe.
- Spiders never try to go after people, but they defend themselves by biting. Some bites of spiders are poisonous, but most of them do not affect the human body. It might only have effects like getting stung by a bee or getting bitten by a mosquito. However, spiders can catch insects like wasps, which are harmful to us.
- The hairs present on the first pair of legs of the spider are sensitive to taste. This is how the spider tastes its prey by simply touching them with this pair of legs.
- ‘Arachnophobia’ is the term used for the fear of spiders.
- Some spiders hunt their prey and pounce. Most spiders spin webs so they can catch other prey to eat, but not every spider does this.
- Spiders have a small mouth, which is why they do not eat their prey. Instead, the spiders put chemicals on and into the body of their prey to change the body into a liquid. The spider then sucks this liquid up.
- Some smaller or younger spiders use their silk to travel around in the air. This floating in the air is called ballooning. The wind catches their shooting silk helping these spiders drift to a possible home.
- Many types of spiders live on land. But some spiders like raft spiders live on and in water. Such spiders can move across the surface of the water.
- Spiders can build a web in an hour, and they normally build a new one each day.
- From the spinneret glands present in the abdomen, spiders create silk. This is to create webs and catch prey.
- Some spiders like the tarantulas are kept as pets in many families.
- The smallest spider is the Patu marplesi found in Samoa (in the South Pacific Ocean).
- The largest spiders are the tarantulas. Goliath tarantula is the largest tarantula.
Spiders are mostly blamed for all kinds of rashes, bumps, and growth. However, these creatures do not feed on human blood, so they have no reason to bite us unless they feel threatened. This spider information for kids is a great way of educating children.