Awesome Itsy bitsy spider activities For toddlers under 3

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” or “Incy Wincy Spider” is a modern nursery rhyme that is very popular among children and one of our favorite nursery rhymes at home.

This is why we created a full lesson plan weekly activities to play and learn with this fun song.

At the time of creating these activities my son is 2.5 years old but some of these activities can be adjusted to older or younger toddlers. Kids develop at different times so just judge what your child can and can’t do.

Lesson plan for itsy bitsy Spider

This is an overview of the activities we did and the breakdown by day. Based on our homeschool schedule, we do two activities each day.

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Some of the lessons used items from our packs. Download and print to make your activity set up a breeze. We also purchase a pack of 8 plastic spiders from the Dollar store and we reused those throughout the different activities.

Itsy bitsy spider activities

Let’s get started!

Itsy Bitsy Spider Lyrics

Itsy Bitsy Spider tells the adventures of a Spider, named Itsy Bitsy (or Incy Wincy – more popular in England) who is going up and down, and up again, as the weather is chaining.

The kids have to mimic their movements while singing the song, a very entertaining activity, useful to improve their manual dexterity.


“The itsy bitsy spider crawled 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”

Itzi, bitzi araña Lyrics

Itzi, bitzi araña,
tejió su telaraña.
Vino la lluvia,
y se la llevó.
Salió el sol,
se secó la lluvia.
Y Itzi, bitzi araña,
otra vez subió

Itsy BItsy Spider on YouTube (Bilingual version)

When I do activities I like to include some reading into our lesson plans. I browse through a few spider books and chose The Very Busy Spider 🕷 by Eric Carle. I loved the book! It definitely did not disappoint me! And here is so much opportunity for language development and different activities including the different characters in the story. I love the repetitive res pones form the spider which allows for repetition and expectation. I loved that after a few times of reading it left a few words out in the spider response and my son was finishing it up! That is great for reading, speech and vocabulary building. Definitely money we’ll spent!

Itsy Bitsy Spider Water Sensory Bin

One of my favorite sensory bin themes is using water. This is perfect for those babies and toddlers still putting things in their mouth. Using a colander, create a water sensory bin, practice pouring skills as well as taking the time to splash and start learning “sink or float” concepts.

Itsy bitsy Rice sensory bin

Age: Tabbies that don’t mouth everything and 2’s

Materials:

  • Green Colored Rice (color rice tutorial)
  • Blue Slime
  • Plastic Spiders
  • Wooden Sun
  • Paper towel Tube
  • Sensory Bin
  • (if you don’t have the spider, sun, or paper towel tube you can use the puppets from the Sing and Learn Spider pack)

This bin was a bit of an improvised bin. I knew I wanted to make one but I wasn’t expecting to do it right then and there so I just used what I had around, that’s why you see I didn’t have enough green rice and these are not an Instagram friendly photos lol. But he loved it and sang the song as he put the spider up the tube and down into the rain.

Why does this slime look weird? It was actually failed attempt to do slime with clear glue but the texture was a fun one. It is like Playdough got married with slime, so I let it and Manu loves it. You can use just Playdough or just slime to recreate the bin.

Itsy bitsy Spider finger puppets

Every month, I create a sing and learn pack, and this month of course it has to be Itsy Bitsy Spider-themed. These finger puppets are so much fun to play with! For little hands, we also did regular puppets too and that was a lot of fun to use too!

Materials:

(For all ages mom needs to make for little learners to enjoy)

Itsy Bitsy spider sensory bottle

Materials:

  • VOSS Plastic bottle or similar
  • Clear Glue
  • Plastic Spider
  • Blue Glitter

I love how ideas just come out of doing other activities. This was initially a spooky spider sensory bottle because Halloween is just around the corner and when I shared it with my son I started to sing the itsy bitsy spider. Ohhh I had purple glitter because it was a spooky spider but I’d I changed it to blue, then it would act as the rain!!

I dumped my spooky sensory bottle and replaced the purple glitter with blue confetti to make this one. This follows the same tutorial (15 sec video) as our spooky spider.

How to Make a Itsy Bitsy Spider Sensory Bottle

Add your spider on a VOSS plastic bottle (or similar).
Fill the bottle 3/4 of the way with warm water.

  • Fill the reminder 1/4 of the bottle with clear glue or clear soap (hand or dish soap works fine). The glue or soap will make the confetti and spider fall slower than I’d you just do water.
  • Add a small quantity (about a table spoon) of confetti (or glitter)
  • Close the bottle and shake to allow the glue water and confetti to mix.

Spider Web rescue mission

This activity was so much fun to set up! I had done this when Manu was a baby and each time we have played with it is a different experience. As he gets older the challenge increases!

For this activity all you need is a basket with holes on the side, white yarn, and plastic spiders.

Check the full post here for variations of this game for all ages and different ways to play with it .


Itsy Bitsy Spider Matching Memory Game

Age: Tabbies to work on learning colors and 2’s to practice on similarities and differences as well as color matching.

Materials:

Also from the Itsy Bitsy Spider Sing and Learn Pack we used the matching game. I cut out each shape and cut out the backside using scrapbook paper.

Note: Cut out before you laminate, because if you laminate the pages together and then laminate, when you cut out your paper squares, the papers will separate.

I love this game because it can be a color recognition activity for the younger ones but also a matching game for older toddlers. Want to make it even more challenging? Then flip them to the back and play a memory game. Can you match them all?

Spider web art

Age: 2’s

Materials:

  • Construction Paper
  • Plastic Spider
  • White yarn or string
  • Glue

I love to do crafts but doing crafts with young toddlers is tricky. they don’t have the patience to sit down and complete it or the fine motor skills to do detailed work.
They do however need to work on learning how to handle different craft supplies. Glue in particular is a tricky one to learn so I decided to use some rope I had laying around and a spider from the pack I got for our sensory bin and our sensory bottle. (yarn would work out ok too)

I let him spread the glue as he pleased all over the page and then gave him string pieces already precut to be placed over the glue creating a spider web.

Once completed I added the spider over it and glue it to complete our craft.

Halloween spider sensory bin

Age: Tabbies that do not mouth , 2’s

Materials:

Spiders are common for Halloween so we decided that combining orange and purple rice makes a great base for a Halloween sensory bin. We kept it simple just adding a few spiders and some spoons and bowls to encourage transferring and scooping skills.

Spooky spider bath

Age: Tabbies, 2’s

Materials:

  • Bath tub
  • Orange Glow sticks
  • Plastic Spiders
  • Optional: Net

Our new thing around the house is themed bath time. Sometimes is for our morning time and sometime like today is for our night time.

For the spooky spider bath all you need is some orange glow sticks and some plastic spiders (we found both at the Dollar Store).

Full up the tub and activate the glow sticks. Add in the spiders and you are set.

If your little learner still mouths everything place the glow stick into a water bottle.Fill the bottle with water if you want the glow stick to sink or leave it empty if you want it to float.

Spider playdough tray

Age: 1 years old and up

Materials:

  • Black Playdough
  • White Playdough
  • Googley Eyes
  • Straws cut in half or pipe cleaners
  • Tray

Playdough is great to work on fine motor skills. Grab some black and white Playdough, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, cut up straws and a small tray and create a spider invitation to play.

I created a spider web on the tray to set up the stage of our play. Because Manu is two he cannot create the spider himself, so I provided two balls of black Playdough to form the spider, then I showed him our plastic spider and showed him how the spider had legs, so we used the pipe cleaner or straws to create the legs. Finally, we finished by adding the eyes. The googley eyes are small so he has to concentrate and refine those pincer grasp (pinching skills using the index and thumb fingers)


Spider 2D Shapes

Materials:

  • Spider Shape Printable
  • Playdough

Use this file folder printable to practice matching shapes. Use the color matching spider sheet to match each shape.

Then, use playdough to mold and identify each shape using the playdough cards. Lastly, match big and small spiders to the right shape. This is the hardest one as there is not color guide to help your little learner match the shape.

This will be the real test to see which shapes he knows and which shape they still need to practice.

Last thoughts

having a full week of Itsy Bitsy spider was a lot of fun! I always aim to make a sensory bin, an art project, and some fine motor work . This week was a lot of fun and we definitely enjoy it! I hope you too!


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