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The Eensey Weensey Spider

The Eensey Weensey Spider (or Itsy Bitsy Spider) is one of the most popular children's song in America. It has a great melody, and children love the fingerplay.

However, for some young learners, the combination of singing and doing the fingerplay can be a little intimidating. So, in our version, we slowly talk through the song one time before singing. This allows children (and parents) to clearly hear and understand the words and practice making their spiders!

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Language Focus Other songs about: animals & insects, fingerplay, intonation/rhythm, weather

"Up" and "down." "Spider." Weather vocabulary (rain and sun). English rhythm and intonation.

The Eensey Weensey Spider Lyrics and Actions

Key Gestures
Spider - Left thumb to right index finger, right thumb to left index finger and "walk" the spider up.
Rain - Wiggle your fingers down in front of you, simulating rain.
Sun - Make a big circle over your head with your arms, simulating the sun.

♫ The eensey weensey spider went up the water spout. [Spider gesture.]
Down came the rain and washed the spider out. [Rain gesture and then sweep your hands out.]
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain. [Sun gesture.]
Then the eensey weensey spider went up the spout again. [Spider gesture.]

Okay…put your fingers together.
Let's do The Eensey Weensey Spider.

The eensey weensey 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.
Then the eensey weensey spider went up the spout again.

A little faster now.

The eensey weensey 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.
Then the eensey weensey spider went up the spout again.

Now let's try it slow, with a low voice.
And a big, big spider.
[Do the same actions this time, but with BIG gestures. Put your hands far apart.]

The big, big 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.
Then the big, big spider went up the spout again. ♫

Preparation

Before singing this song for the first time, show students how to make the spider. Put the tip of your index finger on the right hand on the tip of your thumb on the left hand…walk your fingers up…putting the index finger of your left hand on the thumb of your right hand. Don't worry about exactly how you put your fingers together. Younger kids without the dexterity to do this yet can just twist their hands next to each other, or walk their fingers up their arms. Some toddlers may become frustrated when they can't make the spider gesture with their fingers, so make sure that you take your time with this song.

Classroom Benefits

"The Eensey Weensey Spider" is great for capturing students' attention, developing manual dexterity, and instilling a sense of "try, try again!" in young learners. It's also a fun song to use when you are discussing weather.

Activity Ideas

This is a great chance to talk about spiders. If you have a stuffed animal spider, or toy spider, sing the song for your kids using the spider as a prop. 1

Make a whole spider related lesson by reading an "Itsy Bitsy Spider" picture book. 2

Make crafts from construction paper, paper plates, and more! (See our Eensey Weensey Spider Pinterest board for ideas.) 3

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