Nature Books for Kids: A Daddy Longlegs Isn’t a Spider

A Daddy Longlegs

This featured nature book for kids A Daddy Longlegs Isn’t a Spider is a picture book written by Melissa Stewart. This book shows a comparison of spiders to a commonly mis-identified critter, the daddy longlegs in a fun and interesting story line.

My Experience with A Daddy Longlegs Isn’t a Spider

I have used this featured nature book for kids for story hour (and I keep looking for excuses to use it in other ways!). Due to the length of the story I chose to only read parts of this book as it is intended for older children and I had 2-6 year olds. Although this book was intended for older readers my little guys really got a kick out of the adventure and fun facts that this book presented about a female daddy longlegs.

A Daddy Longlegs Isn’t a Spider Crafts

After reading the book we created two daddy longleg inspired crafts. Firstly, we created a product craft to review the parts of a daddy longlegs by creating one from wooden beads and pipe cleaners. Daddy longlegs have one body part and eight legs so the kiddos threaded four pipe cleaners through the wooden beads hole to create the appearance of eight legs and they could bend them however they desired. I provided them with different size and shaped beads since daddy longlegs have varied body shapes and sizes. This product craft worked on their fine motor skills as it was difficult to thread the pipe cleaners through the bead.

Daddy Longlegs

The process craft, mystery daddy longlegs, was inspired by the life cycle of the daddy longlegs. Daddy longlegs hatch from pale green eggs and are pure white upon hatching. For their second craft, they colored a bunch of daddy longlegs on white paper with white crayons. To reveal the picture they painted over top of the crayon with liquid watercolor and their daddy longlegs appeared! They also had the opportunity to color pale green eggs as well if they desired.

Mystery Daddy Longlegs

A Daddy Longlegs Isn’t a Spider Outdoor Activities

This book lends itself well to be taken outside. We began our outdoor adventure with a daddy longlegs egg hunt which were fifty green plastic eggs that I hid in a poison ivy free part of the forest. I chose fifty because a single female can lay up to fifty eggs. After the egg hunt we spent the rest of our time looking for daddy longlegs in a partially shaded, partially sunny location. The great thing about daddy longlegs is that they are all over the place so they are easy to find. I brought out bug boxes so that the children could catch them and put them in a container so that their parents would be willing to look at them with them 🙂

Overall, this book is very informational in a fun and interesting way for children. As an adult I learned a lot from the book. I suggest it to any spider or daddy longleg-loving kid and their adults!


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