Insects, bugs, creepy crawly critters! Halloween is probably the only time of year that I can handle even looking at creepy crawly critters, and that’s only because they’re fake. Well, I’m banking on that fact anyway! Spiders especially, are just not my cup of tea. You would think that having 3 boys would help me get over my fear of spiders, but it hasn’t yet. Over the past few years I have had some occasions where I had to put on my big girl pants and kill some spiders on my own, because the husband was away. I have definitely gotten better at facing those nasty critters. I’m nowhere near over my fear, but there is improvement for sure.
With help from The Orkin Ecologist, my kids, and my husband, I faced some of my spider fears by creating a science project. I thought that Halloween might be the perfect time to do something like this. We did some research and discovered the top 10 world’s most dangerous spiders and put together a little project to display what we learned. Looking at the gruesome creepy spider pictures wasn’t the easiest thing for me, but I did it! We love how our board turned out too!
What we did was map out where the top 10 world’s most dangerous spiders most commonly live. The top 10 are:
- Brazilian Wandering Spider
- Black Widow
- Brown Widow
- Brown Recluse
- Six-Eyed Sand Spider
- Chilean Recluse
- Northern Funnel Web Spider
- Sydney Funnel Web Spider
- Wolf Spider
- Red-Legged Widow
We gained a lot of useful information from the Orkin website and Wikipedia. Then we jotted down a few facts about each spider. In fact, I learned that 3-4 of the most dangerous spiders are in the US, so I think I may have to move now!
I found some glow-in-the-dark spiders and placed them next to each spider name, and attached a string around a leg, and connected it to the corresponding pin on the map. I think this would be great to turn in if one of my kids had a science fair coming up! My kids loved looking up all of the spiders and learning about them. They weren’t nearly as creeped out as I was!
What creepy crawly project would you want to do with your kids? I debated studying the different bug bites. I found that fascinating!