"Incy Wincy Spider", also popularly known as "Itsy Bitsy Spider" is one of the most popular nursery rhymes and fingerplays. This joyful rhyme describes how a spider goes up, comes downs and again climbs up the waterspout of a gutter system.
This popular kids' song is sung and recited by children in several languages and cultures. In Germany, "Incy Wincy Spider" is sung in a melody similar to "Spannenlanger Hansel(de)".
Origin of the nursery rhyme
"Incy Wincy Spider"Â was printed in the book, 'Camp and Camino in Lower California' titled as "Spider Song". The lyrics in the book was written as follows:
Oh, the blooming, bloody spider went up the spider web,
The blooming, bloody rain came down and washed the spider out,
The blooming, bloody sun came out and dried up all the rain,
And the blooming, bloody spider came up the web again.
The rhyme was published with a different version, which used "Blooming, bloody" instead of just "Itsy Bitsy". The song was also found in another publication, Mike and Peggy Seeger's, American Folk Songs for Children.Â
An animated version of this popular kids' song was created in 2013 by Maziar Bahari's company Off-Centre Productions that featured an animated mouse character named "Journo".
Enjoy fingerplay with Incy Wincy Spider rhyme
"Incy Wincy Spider", one of the best known kids' songs has been ruling the hearts of preschoolers and young children. It is usually accompanied by a set of hand movements coordinated with the lyrics of the nursery rhyme. Let's learn how to play fingerplay:
"The Itsy Bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout" - Alternately touch the index finger of one hand to the thumb of the otherÂ
"Down came the rain" - Raise both the hands and wiggle the fingers as you lower them
"and washed the spider out" - Sweep the hands from side to side gently
"Out came the sun" - Raise both hands and sweep to the sides (forming a semicircle)
"and dried up all the rain" - Wiggle fingers upwards
"and the Itsy Bitsy spider climbed up the spout again" - Â Repeat the action as done in first line
So, next time when you sing your favorite, "Incy Wincy Spider" (or "Itsy Bitsy Spider"), don't forget to enjoy fingerplay along with it. Â A sequence of gestures will keep the kids entertained and sustain their interest.Â