Nursery Rhyme: Itsy Bitsy Spider

Do you know how hard it is to find a nursery rhyme about the sun? There are none in the traditional, you can sort of force one to fit, but not really. So, here’s ours:

Supplies needed: yarn (about 12 inches), a piece of felt (one piece will do for several kids), construction paper, scissors, glue, markers, stamp pad (or paint or a dot marker), nursery rhyme book

Mommy prep:

Take your piece of felt and cut a circle about the size of a jar lid. Now cut a wedge out of two sides. It should look like this:


Now, take each of those sides, and cut it so there are 8 legs total, 4 on each side. Then in the body cut two small slits. This is to feed the yarn through. Feed the yarn through an tie a nice strong knot. Obviously older kids could do this themselves. Another version would be to cut a smaller circle and 4 long skinny rectangles. The 4 rectangles could be tied on the bottom after you cut the slits. That just seemed more work, and a good way for the spider to lose a leg.

Now to what your child does. First print out the words

The Itsy Bitsy Spider Went Up the Water Spout

Now cute the words apart at the sections. Now glue to the top of two facing pages.


Draw a line on the construction paper dividing it roughly in thirds. Have your kids cut along the lines. For one of the thirds cut it into two roughly equal pieces. These are your water spout.

Glue one of the larger rectangles on the side going up the page. Glue the other large rectangle on the other page. Use the small rectangle to form the bottom part of the spout. It should look like a slightly wonky capital L at this point.

Batman stamping away

Here’s where what supplies you have on hand come in handy. You can make the rain many different ways. We had “Do a Dot paint” markers. So my kids used this. Last time we did this we did fingerprints from paint, you could also use stamp pads for this.

On the other side draw a picture of a sun. You could also cut a circle out of construction paper. My kids were losing interest, so I skipped that step.

Now get a spare piece of construction paper, and glue the other end of the string to the paper. You want this nice and strong, and want to caution your kid not to be excited while it’s still drying.

Now happily act it out as Batman is doing.


I’ll try to get a McLinky up next week. So everyone can share what they’ve done. I’ve never done one before, but would love to see what everyone else does.

For next week, we’re doing “Hey Diddle Diddle,” keep an eye out for brads (they’re usually in the school supply aisle, it might take some finding), and stock up on construction paper while it’s on sale!

1 thought on “Nursery Rhyme: Itsy Bitsy Spider

  1. Wow, this is really impressive. I don't know if Anna would be up for doing such a big project though – she loses interest rather quickly. By the way, one nice song about sun that we learned in Gymboree lately – Mr Sun (by Raffi, I believe). Maybe it would be fun to extend the nursery rhymes to other songs too.

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