This was exciting a couple of times. At first, I showed them the dead wasp in the spider web. A whole ‘even the mighty wasp can get stuck in a tiny web’ kinda demonstration.
The five year old reached down to touch it, and a spider who we didn’t know was on it sprinted up the web way faster than any spider web travel I have seen.
As exciting as that already was, I got my camera and took some photos at an angle none of our eyes could see from without getting spiderwebs and a dried wasp on our faces. I wanted to show the kids (and see for myself) what he was doing up there, what he looked like in his defensive crouch.
Or should I say her!
Wouldn’t you know she was the mom of a little spider family! We went back a few times to watch the tiny babies doing tiny spider things. I couldn’t really get a great detailed shot of the babies, but I was impressed at the coloured markings on her.
It’s your toddler…bugs are either neat or gross/scary, it’s your call
Ever since the kids could understand things, bugs were one more thing to understand. Why kill a spider? Just look at it closely. An interesting thing I have discovered about bugs…the photos you take of can be so much more educational than just looking at them. Bugs are very detailed…super cool if you want them to be. They have been fascinated with bugs their whole lives. Because I let them know they were fascinating.