Spiders are truly one of nature’s great artists. They produce silk that they use to catch bugs, usually by spinning a beautiful web. In this activity, be a spider scientist and capture and preserve a delicate spiderweb to study.
Head outside, in the backyard, school ground or nature trail in search of an unoccupied spider web. Look carefully in tall grass and bushes.
Once you have found an empty web, sprinkle talcum powder all over it. The powder will stick to the silk, making it easier to see.
Spray hair spray on a piece of black construction paper. While the spray is still wet, move the paper up against the web so that it sticks to the paper. Spray the web on the paper with a little more hair spray.
Set the paper and web aside to dry. You’ve just preserved one of nature’s great works of art.
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