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Unspookable Presents: Spiders and Arachnophobia

Unspookable is a family friendly look at the histories and mysteries behind your favorite scary stories, myths and urban legends. Each week host Elise Parisian discusses such topics as Bloody Mary, Charlie Charlie, and Ouija Boards to find the stories behind the scares. (Recommended for ages 8+). 
Whether you find them cute or creepy, it's hard not to have a strong feeling about this week's topic... spiders. Why are so many of us afraid of these arachnids? And what does it say about us  as humans that something so small can be so terrifying?  We'll unravel this web and more on this episode of Unspookable. Listen to the episode here
After the episode, do the activity! Read on to learn how to make an edible spider. 

Make an Edible Spider with Unspookable

We hope you came away from this week's episode with a little more fondness for our friends the Spiders. Even if you didn't, we think you're going to like what we have in store for you. What if we told you we were going to EAT some spiders? Well, not real ones thankfully... 


This week we're going to use some relatively common household items to show just how fun Spiders can be. And the best past is there are substitutions for any kind of food allergies you may have in your household. 


Here's what we used:

Double Stuf Oreo (many varieties of gluten free on the market)

Ritz style crackers  (many varieties of gluten free on the market)

Pretzel sticks (many varieties of gluten free on the market)


Chocolate chips 


Decorative Sprinkles 

Peanut butter (but could also substitute frosting, cream cheese, etc.)

But feel free to use anything you want - sweet or salty, healthy or not-so-healthy. Just make sure you have the permission of your adult. 


First we start with the body using a cookie or cracker. We like the Oreos because they already have the frosting to use as the "glue" but you can use other cookies, crackers, or even have an adult cut apple slices. 


Then we apply our food glue like frosting, peanut butter, or a spreadable cheese where we will stick our eight spider legs. 


Next we applied our legs which were halves of pretzel sticks, but you can get creative and use anything you want that reminds you of spider legs, just make sure you have eight total. 


Now apply a second cookie or cracker (or other half of your Oreo) to make the top of your spider body. 


And finally we get to  the best part: you get to give your spider a face with any little bits you have lying around. We used popcorn, chocolate chips, pretzel bits, even raisins dipped in red decorative sprinkles for our spiders. Get creative!

When you're done, share your activities with us with help from your adult! Use the hashtag #kidslistenactivitypod to post a photo on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. And then comes the best part: You get to eat your spider treat! 

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