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The Itsy Bitsy Spider

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When my boy learns a new nursery rhyme, I love to do extension activities relating to it so that he can better appreciate the meaning of the song. The “Itsy-Bitsy Spider” is one of his favourite lullabies, and the lyrics are as such:-

The itsy-bitsy spider
Climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
And the itsy-bitsy spider
Climbed up the spout again

He loves it when I do the actions while singing the song, and now that he is older, he will mimic my actions too! (Tip: Just search for the song in YouTube and there will be many videos with lyrics and action).

Recently we decided to do some hand-painting of the Itsy Bitsy Spider. It’s really easy and the only materials needed are finger paint (Wee Can Too Veggie Baby Finger Paint), cardboard and googly eyes (I got them from Daiso). To make the project more interesting, we punched holes around the edge of the cardboard and put through a long raffia string to create the effect of a spider web. My boy needed help with the “threading” – and that’s a motor skill that we will work on when he is a bit older. Anyway, we were really proud of the end product and we hanged it up so that he can admire his artwork anytime!

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