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Curious Kids: Spiders & Bugs

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Curious Kids Spiders & Bugs

Did You Know?

The Goliath Bird-Eater Spider is the world’s biggest! With its legs spread out, it’s as big as a dinner plate!

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Fiction Books

Non-fiction Books

Fun Activities

Spider Puzzler from National Georgraphic Kids
Make your own spider puzzles!

Bug Bash from National Geographic Kids.
Match up the bugs in this colorful strategy game.


A Bug's Life [Blu-ray or DVD]
In this miniature world of bugs, an ant named Flik hires warrior bugs to defend his colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers. Animated.

Fascinating World of Insects [DVD]
Do you ever wonder how bees make honey? How is the light from a firefly different from that of a lightbulb? How does a caterpillar become a butterfly? Learn the answers to these questions and more.

Bill Nye the Science Guy Insects [DVD]
Bill Nye looks at bees and other live insects along with insect fossils.

Creepy, crawly fun! [DVD]
The Magic School Bus explores a haunted house, where they learn about spooky sounds, nocturnal animals, and the hunting skills of spiders.


Watch: The Absolutely Stunning Dance of the Peacock Spider
This little spider really puts on a show!

Insects, from National Geographic Kids
Facts, pictures and movies about hissing cockroaches, beetles, stinkbugs and more!

Invertebrates from Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Read about creepy creatures at the zoo, from millipedes and centipedes to spiders and scorpions.

Invertebrates from Saint Louis Zoo
Insects are invertebrates. Learn about them here, including insects, worms, and scorpions.

Common Spiders of Ohio Field Guide
This guide has photos and details describing the 76 most common spiders found in our state. Maybe you can identify one that’s building a web in your yard!