Nursery Rhymes Series Part 1: We have decided to do a series of activity and crafts articles to help you and your toddler make the most of the Nursery Rhymes we all know and love. Here we are looking at two that refer to spiders: Incy Wincy Spider and Little Miss Muffet.
October and November are the perfect time of year to think about spiders!
Even children who are usually afraid of these creepy crawly bugs are thrilled by pictures and stories about spiders. Here are lots of fabulous ideas to keep you busy!
INCY WINCY SPIDER
“Itsy Bitsy Spider” (also known as “Incy Wincy Spider”) is a popular nursery rhyme that tells us the adventures of a spider as it climbs up, and down and up again the “waterspout” of a gutter system (or, alternatively, the spout of a teapot). There are hand actions which mimic the events in the song. The most commonly referenced first published version was in 1962.
Incy Wincy spider went* up the water spout. Down came the rain, and washed the spider out. *Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain And Incy Wincy spider went* up the spout again.
* Alternative line goes: Down came the rain and washed poor Incy out!
*Some versions have climbed or crawled instead of went.
LITTLE MISS MUFFET
The rhyme first appeared in print in 1805, in a book titled Songs for the Nursery.
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, Eating her curds and whey; Along came a spider, Who sat down beside her and frightened Miss Muffet away.
I am a preschool and primary school teacher and mum to 3 children. I have been involved in education since 1997 and have trained in a variety of educational specialist areas. It is with this expertise that I write articles to help parents and educators provide quality learning experiences for the children in their care.