Spider Crackers

Spiders aren’t so creepy when they’re fun, healthy snacks. Make yummy treats while sharpening your child’s small motor and hand-eye coordination skills.

WATCH OUT!

Be aware of any food allergies. You can substitute gluten-, dairy- or nut-free items and still make an excellent spider.

MATERIALS - click to buy
  1. Large, round crackers of any type. The larger cracker the better for very small fingers. We like to use Breton crackers found here on Amazon. They also come in gluten-free options in our local grocery. Here's another gluten-free, cracker option if you're not able to run to the store.
  2. Delicious and healthy spread, such as cream cheese, sugar-free peanut butter or almond butter found here.
  3. Thin pretzel sticks like these. Or, you can use delicious gluten-free pretzels too.
  4. Raisins. If preferred, you can use craisins, also known as dried cranberries like these, or any other eye-shaped dried fruit of your choice.
  5. Dull, table knife like this example, for spreading
HOW TO
  1. Skilly-spark: Talk with your child about spiders.  How do they look?  What kind of legs do they have?  What shape is the body?
  2. Cover 2 round crackers with a layer of your chosen spread. Let your child enjoy doing this and help only if it’s really needed.
  3. Take 4 pretzel sticks and break them in half.  You may show your child how to do this with one stick and then let them do the other 3. Have extras on hand in case there are pretzels that get too broken to use.
  4. On one cracker, give the spider legs by laying 4 pretzels pieces so that they stick out beyond the cracker on the right side. Then lay 4 on the left side to complete the set.
  5. Place the other cracker on top. Press lightly so they stick together like a sandwich.
  6. To create eyes, put 2 small dabs of spread on the top of one end of the cracker sandwich and add 2 raisins.
  7. Eat and enjoy-- Mmm deliciously creepy!
Keep the fun going
  • Add 2 extra pretzel sticks for antennae and presto! You’ve got even more cracker insects such as ants, beetles or butterflies.
  • Make lucky ladybugs-- use pretzel to divide the body, add 2 more pretzels for antennae, and raisins for the lady bug’s dots.