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Spiders and Silk

Did you know that all spiders possess the same amazing skill? Tune in with Claire to learn about their awesome ability and find out how to make a silk-climbing spider with the help of a simple template.


Make your own silk-climbing spider!

Now that you know a little more about spiders and their silk, you can make your own silk-climbing spider. For this activity you will need:

  • Spider body template. You can draw your own or download one here
  • Scissors
  • Colouring in pencils or crayons
  • Drinking straw
  • String
  • Sticky tape
  • Pipe cleaners 

Watch the video for a step-by-step demonstration of these easy steps: 

  • You will need to make a spider – remember it has two body parts. Colour in and cut out the spider body.
  • Cut a piece of straw the same length as the spider body. Sticky tape a piece of straw to the spider’s body.
  • Make some legs from pipe cleaners. 
  • Attach them to the cephalothorax.
  • Now take a longish piece of string, fold it in half and thread the looped end through the straw.
  • Loop or attach little pieces of straw to the ends so that the ends don’t get lost.
  • Now put the looped end of the string over your head.
  • Pull the two strings apart. Your spider is climbing up the silk to escape a predator!

Make your own spider, create video or photo and post online with the tag #QMNetwork #museumathome for us to share!