If you love Eric Carle’s books, here is an easy and healthy Eric Carle’s book inspired snack. The Very Busy Spider Snack!

the very busy spider snack

Fall is a busy time for families and spiders alike! This adorable and healthy snack is a great way to recharge after school. Spend some fun together in the kitchen while keeping up with the adventures of our favorite little arachnid in Eric Carle’s The Very Busy Spider.

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle is a charming story of a spider who is so busy spinning her web, she doesn’t have time to stop and talk to the animals who visit her.

This delightful story will capture the attention of young readers as they learn about the life cycle of a spider. Carle’s beautiful illustrations bring the story to life and will inspire children to learn more about nature.

Our spider comes together quickly with a few ingredients and the help of some toothpicks for structure.

Here’s everything you need to make The Very Busy Spider Snack:

  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Toothpicks
  • Clementines
  • Green Bell Peppers

This is a very tasty spider indeed!

washing grapes

Theming Snacks Makes Kids More Likely to Eat Them

When it comes to getting kids to eat their snacks, sometimes it’s all about the presentation. A study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology found that when snacks are themed to match a child’s favorite TV show or movie, they’re more likely to eat them.

Researchers found that when kids were given a snack that was themed after their favorite show, they ate almost twice as much as they did when given the same snack without any theme. And not only that, but they also reported enjoying the snack more when it was themed.

So if your kid is a fan of Paw Patrol or Frozen, for example, try theming their next snack around those characters. It just might be the trick to getting them to actually eat it.

clementines for the spider snack

The Very Busy Spider Snack is Also Perfect for Halloween!

Halloween is a spooky holiday that is celebrated by both kids and adults alike. While the holiday can be enjoyed by all, it can also be a bit overwhelming for some. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make Halloween a little less scary and a lot more fun – like with kid-friendly Halloween-themed snacks!

Festive treats are perfect for any Halloween party or get-together, and they’re sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. These Very Busy Spider snacks will have everyone begging for more. So next time you’re planning a Halloween party, don’t forget to pack some spiders in your bag!

the very busy spider snack on plate

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The Very Busy Spider Snack

Amanda Keefer
If you love Eric Carle's books, here is an easy and healthy Eric Carle's book inspired snack. The Very Busy Spider Snack!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course 5 ingredients or less
Servings 2
Calories 103 kcal


  • 3 black seedless grapes
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 18 to toothpicks
  • 2 clementines
  • 1 slice green bell pepper cut in half


  • To assemble your spiders, skewer raisins on toothpicks and insert into grapes for legs. For your spiders’ heads, cut a grape in half and attach to spiders’ bodies.
  • For the pumpkins, peel clementines and insert pepper for the stem.


Calories: 103kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 7mgPotassium: 375mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 175IUVitamin C: 74mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
Keyword healthy snacks, olives, raisons, snack
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