Who are the champion spinners of the animal world?
Spiders, of course!
Watch the web movie to see a spider
weave a circular, or orb web.
Web Building Step by Step
Did you enjoy the film? You can see that spiders really
know a lot about spinning a web. Spiders are not taught
how to do this, but are born with the instinct.
If you were a spider, do you think you could follow
Anansi's directions to make an orb web?
Here is how the spider made its orb web, step by step.
The spider makes a bridge line between two objects
such as branches. The spider strengthens the bridge
with more strands of silk.
The spider attaches an anchor line and drops downward
to anchor it. The "y" shape is the 3 radial
lines of the web.
The spider adds a framework of silk.
More radial lines
The spider adds additional radial lines. These go from
the center to the outer frame of the web.
Dry silk spiral
Starting in the center, the spider spins a spiral of
dry silk. The silk spiral holds the radial lines apart.
Then the spider reverses direction and lays down a
sticky spiral. The spider ends up in the middle and
waits for prey to get stuck.
Instead of clearing away spider webs, have you ever
thought of collecting them? Many beautiful orb webs
can be seen in your yard or garden from early spring
through late fall. Orb webs are fun to collect, preserve,
and mount for display. Here is how to collect and preserve
a spider orb webs.
What You Need
White Spray Paint
Black Poster Board
Do this activity with an adult. Read the safety instructions
on the paint can. Follow the instructions.
Find a web
Look around you -- there are webs everywhere. When
you find one you want to capture, be sure to chase the
spider out of the web.
Spray the web
Hold the can of white spray paint about 12 inches from
the web at an angle.
Spray on both sides two or three times.
Build up a thick coating
Make sure that the web has a thick, even coating of
You can also spray the poster board with hair spray.
This makes the board a little sticky so that the web
will cling better.
Capture the web
Position your poster board behind the web.
Slowly and carefully pull the poster board against
the web -- capturing the web on the board.
Preserve the web
After the paint is dry, preserve your web by covering
it with clear plastic wrap.
You can even frame your web!
1. Go on a Web Safari around
your home, school, or neighborhood. See how many different
kinds of webs you can find.