Along Came a Spider #EEKologist

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3 Fun and Spooky Spider Crafts and Snacks

The Halloween season conjures up images of all sorts of creepy crawlies. Nobody knows creepy crawlies better than the bug experts at Orkin. In studying bugs to better control them, Orkin has found them to be fascinating too — curious little creatures full of unexpected complexity. And that’s why they created “The Ecologist” site, to celebrate science and uniqueness of bugs. We’ve had a blast exploring The Orkin Ecologist site, and learning about this month’s featured insect the Goliath Bird-Eating Spider. A bird-eating spider? EEK! We put together a fun afternoon of activities doing spider crafts and munching on some delicious spider inspired snacks, all featuring… you guessed it… the Goliath Bird-Eating Spider.

Spider Poster

Orkin Ecologist Spider Crafts

To make this fun spider poster you will need a poster board, black construction paper, googly eyes, craft glue, and scissors.

Cut one large circle, one large oval, and 8 strips from brown or black construction paper. Glue the circle and oval pieces onto the poster board to create the head and body of the spider.

Create legs by accordion folding each of the 8 strips of paper. Use craft glue to secure the legs into place.

Glue on 8 googly eyes.

Goliath Bird-Eating Spider Fun Facts

The Goliath Bird-Eating Spider is a member of the tarantula family.

Their 11-inch leg-span makes them one of the largest spider species in the world.

Inch-long fangs help the goliath bird-eating spider to inject venom into their prey. However, the venom is not life threatening to humans.

The spiders make a hissing noise that can be heard up to 15 feet away.

Learn more about the Goliath Bird-Eating Spider where they are featured this month on The Orkin Ecologist site.

Spider Web Paper Plate Craft

Spider Web Paper Plate Craft

For this craft you’ll need a paper plate, yarn, and a hole punch.

Punch holes around the edge of the paper plate, about 1/2 inch apart. Cut a long piece of yarn. You’ll need a lot of yarn for this.

To start it off, tie one end of the yarn through one of the holes in the plate. Let your child thread the yarn back and forth across the plate, through different holes, creating a spider web.

I love this craft, not only because it introduces children to sewing, but also it helps to develop their focus and fine motor skills.

Spider Snacks

Spider Cookies

To make these fun Spider Oreos you will need:

Oreo Cookies (We used the seasonal Halloween cookies with orange filling.)

1 container orange frosting

Halloween sprinkles

pretzel sticks

small edible googly eyes

candy corn

Carefully separate the Oreo cookies. Using a dab of frosting, secure 8 pretzel sticks (spider legs) inside of each cookie. Place the cookie top back onto the cookie bottom and gently press them together.

Using a small spatula or back of a spoon, spread a small amount of frosting onto the top of each cookie. Sprinkle on some Halloween sprinkles and gently press them in with your fingers. Also, press 2 googly eyes into the frosting. Break off the ends of 2 pieces of candy corn for fangs.

I hope these fun spider crafts and snacks have encouraged you to visit The Orkin Ecologist web site to explore the science behind insects. Be sure to check back each month for a featured insect, like this months Goliath Bird-Eating Spider. Also, follow the #EEKologist hashtag on Twitter to find more fun projects.

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  1. This looks adorable and yummy! I would love to make these yummy spiders for our Halloween party!

  2. Oh my goodness, you have such adorable Halloween crafts! I adore the spider web on the paper plate! And those oreo spiders are awesome!

  3. What clever ideas and I have a spider lover i am going to have to share these with.

  4. The spider oreos are so cute! Plus I’m sure the pretzels give a nice sweet/salty taste!

  5. These are adorable! I really like the big black spider craft, looks perfect for my little ones!

  6. I love those spider cookies. They are so adorable.

  7. Those cookies are great! And I like the web craft as well, how perfect for Halloween decorating.

  8. Those Oreos look amazing. Too cute to eat, in fact.

  9. Oh wow those are festive and fun looking!!

  10. I so do not like spiders, but I could eat those oreo spiders!!

  11. What could be better than a spider oreo!

  12. What an adorable project!! We just finished ours and I am getting ready to post it. You did a fabulous job.

  13. Ooh, those are great! Spiders totally creep me out :)

  14. I love your spider oreos! I much prefer those to the real thing!

  15. The oreos are the only spiders that I want to see – those look yummy

  16. Those spider Oreos are adorable! What a cute and easy idea for kids.

  17. Those spider cookies are so cute! I love how easy they are to make too. The crafts are also adorable!

  18. SUCH cute crafts!!! And the teeth on the spider cookies are ADORABLE!

  19. So so cute!!!!!

  20. i have supplies to make a TON of those spiders (sans frosting) for the kids’ halloween parties at school.

    i hate spiders and bugs but i love fun foods!!

  21. I love those cookie spiders. I am going to make these before my son gets home from school!

  22. These are SOOOO cute!!

  23. How creative!!! Those spiders are adorable and I bet they are delicious!!!

  24. Those Oreo spiders are SO cute. Looks like I have another Halloween goodie to add to my list. :D

  25. Oh those spider oreos are just too cute! And that spider web craft is very fun and unique.

  26. RThose are so cute. I love the cookies and I bet my girls would have so much fun making the spider web.

  27. I love the start of the holiday season. Halloween is so fun and these crafts are great ideas!

  28. OMGosh I LOVE your spider crafts!

  29. My son’s class learned about spiders last month, he’d love to do those crafts!

  30. My grandson would love to make the Spider Web Paper Plate Craft! That looks easy for him to do and the stringing would help him with coordination!

  31. Rebecca Parsons says:

    My stepson is deathly afraid of spiders. This would be a great way to kind of ease him out of it. I like this.

  32. Sandy Cain says:

    This is so nice! Why didn’t I see all these posts BEFORE Halloween? I’m filing all these things away. Next year, for Halloween, I am going to be prepared, way in advance! All the crafts and cute recipes!

  33. I think even my husband would like these spiders. Thank you very much for sharing and have a sweet day.

  34. Halloween and fall have some of the best decorations and best creative food options we can create. I’m not into Halloween, the holiday of evil but I do love me some fall decorations and fall goodies.

  35. These are really cool crafts and I had never heard about the Goliath spider before. Très creepy.

  36. Thank you for sharing these cool crafts with us.

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