Itsy Bitsy Spider | Nursery Rhymes Resources
Fun, printable, Itsy Bitsy Spider activities that will engage your kids in meaningful learning. Stick around, because that’s exactly what I’ll be sharing with you today.
The combination of printable activities and nursery rhymes will help your kids build language, rhyming, vocabulary, reading, and fluency skills.
These resources are a fun way to engage your active learners in Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. At the end of the post, you will find links to other popular nursery rhymes posts.
The Origin of Itsy Bitsy Spider
This modern nursery rhyme is one of the first fingerplay songs children learn at a young age. It’s a classic story about the adventures of a spider who never gives up. The spider climbs up a water spicket, or gutter drain, only to be washed out the rain. The spider’s persistence is shown as it repeats the adventure of climbing right back up again.
From a learning perspective in a child context, this popular song can teach kids the importance of never giving up.
When searching for the origin of this song, I found the Australian version refers to it as the “Incy Wincy Spider”. This also holds true for New Zealand and Great Britain.
This finger-play rhyme would be a great opportunity to teach new vocabulary. For example, when singing this spider song, rather than saying Itsy Bitsy, the kids can sing new words such as Incy Wincy or Teeny Tiny spider.
Regardless of nursery rhyme origins, these short stories and rhymes remain a powerful tool for building both expressive and receptive language skills.
Itsy Bitsy Spider Lyrics
The Itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.
- As mentioned above, some young children will refer to the itsy bitsy spider as the “incy wincy spider”.
Use in musical games or as a learning tool. There are endless ways for your kids will have such fun with nursery rhymes and American folk songs.
The Itsy Bitsy Spider Bundle (PreK-1st Grade)
If you/re in a hurry, and need to print these resources immediately, you can purchase this Itsy Bitsy Spider Bundle.
The bundle includes all of the resources listed below. Teachers and parents love the bundle to save them time and money. Grab it HERE or on TPT.
Write the Room
This Nursery Rhyme Write the Room is an interactive, hands-on, activity to build vocabulary, reading, writing, rhyming, and concepts of print.
PreK, Kindergarten, and first grade will love this nursery rhyme write the room, identifying main characters and objects then writing the words on the recording sheet.
2 Levels are included for easy differentiation.
Choose a level, post the picture cards around the room, and the students become eager to record the nursery rhyme vocabulary on their record sheet. Great for visual and kinesthetic learners.
- Level 1 vocabulary picture cards have the word printed on the bottom.
- Level 2 cards DO NOT have the word on the card. Instead, these are for the kids who want to try and spell them using inventive spelling.
Post the picture cards around the room, and watch as the students become eager to write their favorite nursery rhyme characters on their record sheet. Great for visual and kinesthetic learners.
Ways to Use Write the Room:
- Vocabulary Write the Room
- Writing Center
- Supplemental to Rhyming lessons
- Nursery Rhyme center
- Nursery Rhyme Sensory Bin
- Pocket Chart Cards for Retelling and Sequencing
- Sub plans
- Extra language arts practice at home / homework activity
Nursery Rhyme Sequencing Cards
Your kids are going to love retelling Itsy Bitsy Spider Nursery Rhymes Sequencing worksheet.
- Read / Retell
- Cut and paste sequencing picture cards
- Draw a picture
The printable sequencing worksheet has a set of 4 interactive illustrations. The illustrations, or picture cards, have inter-connected scenes that tell the story of this popular nursery rhyme.
A 4-sequence puzzle is great for Prek, Kindergarten, and First Grade.
The kids will read, sequence, and draw a picture of this popular children’s song.
Simply print and go! No prep, and easy differentiation!!
Give your advanced kids a challenge with writing a sentence about their favorite part rather than drawing a picture.
Itsy Bitsy Spider Build a Poem
Build a Poem is an interactive pocket chart center to build the classic nursery rhyme,
This is the type of pocket chart center the kids WANT to go back to, over and over. After you display the poem, and recite it a couple times, they become eager to build the poem using the word cards.
Every word is printed on a separate card, with a green glitter border, and a little spider graphic ~ great for organizing, sorting, and to keep students from misplacing them with other pocket chart activities.
Itsy Bitsy Spider Printable Poems
These printable poems are great to display as the poem of the day, or poem of the week, in reading groups.
In addition to the Itsy Bitsy Spider Bundle, you can also find these poems in the Black and White and Colored Nursery Rhymes bundles.
Itsy Bitsy Spider Color by Codes
Practice shapes, numbers to 10, letters, and sight words with these Nursery Rhymes, Color by Code printables.
Included in the Color by Code set:
You will get one nursery rhyme coloring page for each skill listed below.
- Numbers to 10
- Sight Words
(Answer keys included)
These are perfect as homework, morning work, practice sheets for small groups or tutoring, and a fun ELA center activity. Perfect for Prek, kindergarten, and first grade review.
Itsy Bitsy Spider Bundle
Now that you’ve seen all of the fun resources, you know how much fun the kids will have! To help save you money and time, I have put together a Bundle of Itsy Bitsy Spider printables.
Purchase the bundle of printables from the Little Learning Corner Store or on TPT.
Thanks so much for sticking around and learning about these resources! Each month, I will be releasing a new collection of nursery rhymes. Be sure to come back for more or sign up for the Little Learning Corner Newsletter for updates.
Before you go, here are more posts you’ll love:
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