Is your Toddler Obsessed with The Itsy Bitsy Spider song?

Posted February 7, 2018 by Julie in Parenting / 12 Comments

There was a time when my toddler would cry out: “Mommy, spider!” and I would scream “where??”

Now, I know he is demanding the song, and not informing me that a creepy crawly is about to get me.

But what do you do when your toddler is obsessed with the Itsy Bitsy Spider song? You give in and play along, of course!

Is your Toddler Obsessed with The Itsy Bitsy Spider song?

First I want to give props to my friend for her inspiring post, what to do when your toddler is obsessed with the Daddy Finger song. Mine is crazy about that one as well, see? But nothing is more exciting than the Spider song, so I thought it would be fun to write a post like this.

It all started out with this simple short video, that later exploded into recommendations with hour-long nursery rhymes!

Embrace the Itsy Bitsy Spider Toddler Obsession

I actually now have a special playlist on YouTube for my son, and most of the songs are variations of Itsy Bitsy Spider (and Incy Wincy Spider because apparently, we can’t decide what the song is actually called). He now sometimes asks for a spider of a particular color, and I have to find the right video. It’s always exciting to have a toddler who rules over you.

So with the obsession, comes fun ideas for crafts and activities to do something other than watch YouTube for hours.

You can read the book together! Finger puppets for the win!

This one is from Little Baby Bum, which is one of the channels my toddler LOVES!

Here’s another interactive one where you can touch and trace!

How about this wonderful activity book from our favorites at Melissa and Doug?

Or maybe snuggle up with a few non-scary spider toys.

Do Fun Itsy Bitsy Spider Crafts

You may remember my fun craft stick spider craft post I made for fall. And if you don’t, you should totally check it out. This craft was inspired by the obsession that my son was starting.

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Easy Paper Plate Spider Craft

Well, we recently did another craft -this time with paper plates! Well, just one plate.

paper plate spider craft 1




My preschooler loves to cut, so I let him cut up a green piece of construction paper (his current favorite color), while I made the legs.

I made the legs by folding up a piece of construction paper in half three times and cut the folds to make 8 pieces. Then, I folded them up from one side back and forth to make it wavy like that.

I glued the legs to the back of the paper plate and let my kiddo glue the cut up paper on the front to make the face/body of the spider. Don’t forget the eyes. Fun and easy. Yes!

paper plate spider craft2

More Spider Crafts

Here’s a fun bath sponge spider craft! I’ve seen quite a few paper plate spider crafts, like this paper plate spider puppet, and I think we need to do one for sure!

I want to make this climbing spider craft so bad!  I mean, for my toddler of course. You can also get really active and make a giant spider web.


Itsy Bitsy Spider Playful Learning Activities

I want to do this STAT! This – wonderful itsy bitsy spider window activity.  I just know my son would love it.

I stuck this project under learning because the craft itself looks complex for this novice (read: toddler-level skills) crafter. But the post talks about language development and it has some really good points. The fun part is the craft allows the spider to move up and down the “spout” so that allows for activity and language learning.

Paper Plate Spider Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

What nursery rhyme songs are you kiddos obsessed with? Can you turn it into something fun?

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12 responses to “Is your Toddler Obsessed with The Itsy Bitsy Spider song?

  1. What a cute post! Way to embrace the song with so many different takes on it! Mine is currently stuck on “Five Little Monkeys” and “Ten in the Bed.” I have ‘roll over, roll over’ stuck in my head all day!

  2. I remember when my son was obsessed with the itsy bitsy spider. I love how you’ve taken something he loves and helped to reinforce it through books and crafts! Great job mom!

    Thanks for being a part of #WanderingWednesday!

  3. I love this post! I saw it on twitter but didn’t read all the way down until today. My son loves all songs toddler. We have a cd full of kids songs that he plays all the time and dances too. He loved the youtube one you have in here and started jumping up and down for the books.

  4. This is fun! My toddler totally loves the itsy bitsy spider. We watched the YouTube video together and he got a kick out of it!

    Thanks for joining #WanderingWednesday #linkup with Confessions of Parenting! 🙂

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