We woke up, yesterday, to fog. It completely blocked out our mountain view. But, it did bring some closer beauties into focus, like the spider web on our back deck.
And, in the time it took us to watch The Magic School Bus Spins a Web (here, on Gamequarium), the fog had lifted, revealing a gloriously, sunny day. It was wonderful after the gloomy rain we've been having, and perfect for showing the children how invisible spider webs can be. This is the same web, in the sun...
The younger children nearly walked right into it, before they spotted it, and they knew where it was!
And, no one wanted that, since it would have meant tangling with the architect.
I know there are bigger, and deadlier spiders than this dime sized, barn spider, but really - it's orange, hairy, and has horns! So, we retreated to the safety of the house, and built a spiderless web, out of transparent tape.
I built the higher parts, but the younger children helped me with the lower edges discovering, that spider web building is harder than it looks.
Then, following a suggestion from Janice Vancleave's Play And Find Out About Bugs, I gave them a bag of cotton ball "flies" to toss at their creation. I really thought most of the bugs would sail right through the large holes we left, but a surprising number of them were caught in our trap.
And, kudos to Janice Vancleave. There is a reason so many of her books made it onto our favorites list. The kids (ages 4-7) were wildly crazy about this activity.
It's great to be a homeschooler.