Itsy Bitsy Spider: Listening and Repeating


  • To listen to the words of a song and repeat them
  • To match movements with words
  • To build vocabulary

Picture cards that show a spider, sun, and rain

spider listen
sing move
waterspout     up
down out

Literature Suggestion
Read any book that includes a spider.

  • Get children ready to use their fingers and arms.
  • Show them how to make their moving fingers look like spider legs.
  • Have them move their hands and fingers down like rain falling. Tell them to lift their arms high into the air like the sun.


  • Ask children to watch and listen carefully. Sing the "Itsy-Bitsy Spider" song, using hand motions to act out the spider, rain, and sun.
  • On the second round, invite children to join in. Give extra guidance to children who are having difficulty with the words or the hand motions.
  • Repeat the song at least once more, with everyone joining in. Invite children to have fun using broad, dramatic movements.
  • Help English Language Learners understand the vocabulary by showing or drawing pictures of a spider, a waterspout, rain, and the sun.
Teach children the song and motions to "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around" or "I'm a Little Teapot." Do the finger plays often, until children know them by heart.

Observation Assessment

  • Proficient - Child can sit calmly to listen to and watch the teacher, and can repeat the song and motions.
  • In Process - Child has difficulty paying attention to the song and actions, but does so enough to attempt to sing and do the hand motions.
  • Not Yet Ready - Child is inattentive and does not yet sing or follow the motions.

Excerpted from School Readiness Activity Cards. The Preschool Activity Cards provide engaging and purposeful experiences that develop language, literacy, and math skills for preschool children.

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