• Audience
    Primary school
  • Learning stage
    Early stage 1, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3
  • Curriculum area
    Science and technology
  • Resource type
    Creative, Science based

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Spiders have amazing adaptations that help them to live in almost every habitat. They can make silk webs, sense their prey and danger with hairs on their body, jump amazing distances, and even have camouflage to make them look like bird poo!


  • Spiders are the only animals that can make silk throughout their entire life.
  • Spiders can fly! Spiders can release a thread of silk that is caught by the wind, which can carry them a few metres or up to hundreds of kilometres. This is called ballooning and is mainly done by spiderlings to help them to disperse.
  • Spider silk is stronger than steel.

  1. What do all spiders have in common?
  2. How are the three groups of spiders different from each other?
  3. Why are spiders important in food webs?

The St Andrew’s Cross Spider is a weaver that is often found in Australian gardens. Read about the features of burrowers, hunters and weavers before doing the craft activity. Students will be able to create a spider that climbs up a piece of silk.