Itsy bitsy spider water play

We have been singing and reading about the Itsy Bitsy Spider and my oh my this is truly a fun song or rhyme to extend into all parts of the classroom experience including putting together some Itsy Bitsy waterplay…

Itsy bitsy waterplay by Teach Preschool

For our itsy bitsy waterplay, we put a piece of gutter for the water spout, some pitchers of water, and a few spiders made out of pipecleaners into a long, shallow container with water…

Itsy bitsy waterplay by Teach Preschool

All throughout the morning this center stayed busy with children washing spiders down the spout. As the children played, I would walk by and casually hum or sing “The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.” …

Itsy bitsy waterplay by Teach Preschool

All morning the children poured water down the spout. They would move the spout up higher or lower at times to see what worked best too…

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And then some of the children decided that it would also be fun to wash cars down the spout…

Itsy bitsy waterplay by Teach Preschool

So the cars and spiders went down the spout in our itsy bitsy waterplay. This meant the words to my song had to change too! “The itsy bitsy car went up the water spout.” …

Itsy bitsy waterplay by Teach Preschool

Whether it was cars or spiders going down the spout, I had children engaged in exploring water and distance and height and flow and all the while loving the process…

Itsy bitsy waterplay by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-11-04T06:00:52+00:00November 4th, 2013|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. JDaniel4's Mom November 4, 2013 at 6:29 am - Reply

    This looks like great fun! My son would have explored and played with this spout for hours.

  2. Anne-Marie November 4, 2013 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Love the homemade water spout! And I had to laugh when the cars ended up in the spout…

  3. Norma November 4, 2013 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Can’t help but note that your photos are only little guys. But no surprise.. Spiders don’t really appeal to this granny girl., 😉

  4. Shaunna @ Fantastic Fun and Learning November 4, 2013 at 11:10 am - Reply

    I love this idea! I wish I could rewind a few weeks to include this in our spider theme. We’ll have to pull the spiders back out and give it a try anyway!

  5. Heidi Butkus November 4, 2013 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Great activity! This works for science and STEM, too!
    Heidi Butkus

  6. [email protected] November 5, 2013 at 4:51 am - Reply

    I love this idea…my twins are always singing this song and one calls spiders ‘water spouts’ Took me awhile to work that one out I must say. They will have so much fun with this. Unfortunately i had to get rid of a spider a little larger than yours from the play area just this morning…yours look more fun!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 5, 2013 at 7:43 am - Reply


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