The Spider

Spiders…

I add spiders to this theme because they, too, are pegged this time of the year as being creepy. It is just something about those eight legs that seems to give everyone the shivers. Interestingly enough, they not only have eight legs, but eight eyes. They are arachnids, not insects. Other members of the arachnid family include scorpions, mites, ticks and harvestmen and they are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica.

There are around 40000 different species of spider. (Yikes!) Most spiders make silk which they use to create spider webs and capture prey. Tarantulas are large and often hairy spiders, the biggest species have been known to kill mice, lizards and birds.  Arachnophobia is an abnormal fear of spiders. (I think I feel a wave of it coming on right now!) Most spiders are harmless to humans but a few spider species, such as the black widow, can bite humans and inject venom. Deaths from spider bites are rare, however.

We start circle time with a version of an old round song The Itsy Bitsy Spider:

♫ The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again. ♫

♫ The very smart spider peeked up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and the spider cried “Look out!”
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain,
And the very smart spider peeked up the spout again. ♫

The library has books about spiders and their web structures. Geo Boards and yarn are on hand so little humans can try making webs. We must respect spiders for their place in the circle of life even if they are a little scary.