I think Incy Wincy Spider (Itsy Bitsy Spider) has to be one of our all time favourite nursery rhymes. It’s a really easy nursery rhyme to act out with gestures and it relates to things young children have real life experience of…spiders, sun and rain.
Although you can use gestures to act out Incy Wincy spider (Itsy Bitsy Spider) I still love to use props too. You might have seen our Incy Wincy Spider Play Set ?
An Incy Wincy Spider That Actually Climbs!
You can see him in action in the video below. Wow, nursery rhymes have never been such fun!
Supplies To Make A Climbing Incy Wincy Spider!
- Paper Plate
- Plastic Drinking Straw
- String or Wool
- 2 Beads
- Googly Eyes
- Sticky Tape
How To Make An Incy Wincy Spider That Climbs!
Then you need to cut the corrugated rim off so that you have a big circle. Next divide that circle in half so that you have two circles.
Snip the two circles into quarters so that you have 8 legs. Now you need to cut the centre of the plate to make Incy Wincy Spider’s body. We chose a number 8 shape. Then let the children stick on or paint on the eyes and mouth and glue or staple on the legs. Lastly turn the spider over to make the climbing mechanism. Cut two short sections of drinking straw about 3 cm each and secure them onto the back of the body with sticky tape. Cut a long length of wool or string and thread one end through each straw from the head of the spider to the bottom. Secure the ends of the wool with a large bead to stop the wool from pulling out of the straws and to give the children something easy to hold on to.
Now the children can enjoy making Incy Wincy Spider climb! Hold the middle of the wool hoop up in the air or pin it onto the wall. Now your little one can take hold of the beads and pull each bead gently out to the side. They’ll love watching Mr Incy Wincy Spider climb up and down over and over again. Such a great interactive nursery rhyme craft. Of course it would also work for other things like flying superheroes, fairies or insects! Expect me to revisit this idea for bees and butterflies in the summer!
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