Two of our favourite books at the moment are spider stories - Lydia Monks' Aaaarrgghh. Spider! and Eric Carle's The Very Busy Spider. So we headed into the garden to find some of our eight legged friends.
Aaaarrgghh. Spider! reminded me of when webs glisten in the dew and the frost and I thought it would be great to search for a real spider and her web. It isn't cold enough for the frost yet and there wasn't any dew so we make some 'dew' of our own. We took our garden plant water spray and went on a hunt around the garden.
The spray made the webs appear as if by magic! Which of course was very popular - particularly running round the garden with the water spray trying to find another web. We had lots of spiders in the garden (and we have plenty in the house too!) but this one was at small person height and we had a look at it's body and counted it's legs. Little Chick and I talked about the shape of the web, how it was made, what the spider used it for and what it's made of.
A very, very simple but fun way to explore some of nature's wonders.