Itsy Bitsy Spider Activities

Itsy Bitsy Fun with Your Itty Bitty One!

Pre and Post-Show Activities for The NCT Snuggery show The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Sing A Song | Have A Dance Party | Create A Masterpiece
Enjoy A Yummy Snack | Explore And Activate | Share With Us

Sing A Song!


After doing the classic “Itsy Bitsy Spider” finger play, sing the following songs with your little one to get your love bug in the gardening spirit! 

Sung to: "The Farmer In The Dell"
The farmer plants the seeds.
The farmer plants the seeds.
Hi, ho the derry-oh.
The farmer plants the seeds.
(Additional verses: The rain begins to fall; The sun begins to shine; The plants begin to grow; The buds all open up)

I'm a Little Daisy
Sung to: "I'm a Little Teapot"
I'm a little daisy
Tall and slim. (Stand on tiptoes.)
Here are my petals. (Place hands on side of head & wiggle fingers.)
Here is my stem. (Hold arms down at sides of legs.)
When the sun comes up (Make sun with arms.)
And the rain comes down, (Flutter hands to floor like rain-end in crouching position.)
I grow, grow, grow- up from the ground! (Slowly raise up bring hand over head.) 

Grow, Grow, Grow
Sung to: “Row Your Boat”
Grow, grow, grow, a plant
Starting with the seed.
Give it soil, sun and water.
That is all you need.

Have A Dance Party!

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Need to get some wiggles out and tired of “Baby Shark”? Check out the following rocking playlist that both you and your little sweet pea will enjoy dancing to! 

 “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” by Cee Lo Green

“Backyard is Buzzin’ Alive” by Johnette Downing

“Rockin’ Robin” by Bobby Day or Michael Jackson

“Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)” by The Laurie Berkner Band

“Bug’n Roll” by Pinkfong

Switch it up a bit by incorporating the following:

  • Dance with colorful tissue paper or Kleenex.

  • Dress up in costumes.

  • Press “pause” occasionally and encourage your child to freeze whenever the song pauses.

  • Add instruments to your dance party. Everyday household items can become drums and shakers!

  • Bring out fun lights!

Create A Masterpiece!


Get out your craft supplies and make an Itsy Bitsy-inspired masterpiece with your little bean!

Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet
Materials needed: Construction paper, googly eyes, glue, scissors, pipe cleaners, stapler
Cut out a large circle from construction paper for the spider’s body. Cut four little circles towards the bottom of the circle so your child’s fingers can fit through. Glue googly eyes towards the top of the circle. Fold pipe cleaners to make legs and staple to each side so they stick out. Sing and perform with your new itsy bitsy spider finger puppet!

Decorative Garden Rocks
Materials needed: Rocks, paint, paintbrushes
Find rocks to decorate your garden with! Once you’ve found the size you like, paint the rocks however your heart desires. Paint a ladybug or bumblebee… The sky’s the limit on what you and your little one can paint together!

Itsy Bitsy Spider Hat
Materials needed: Construction paper, googly eyes, glue, scissors
Cut a piece of construction paper in half or thirds and glue the ends together to make a band that fits around your child’s head. Glue googly eyes on the front of the band. Cut equal strips of paper and fold them to make crinkly spider legs. Glue the legs to the inside of the band so that they stick out.

Enjoy A Yummy Snack!


Head to the kitchen and make some spider and garden snacks with your little chef! 

Itsy Bitsy Spider Crackers
Materials needed: Circular crackers, cream cheese or peanut butter, small pretzel sticks, small dried fruit
Take two round crackers and spread cream cheese or peanut butter on the inside. Place the ends of small pretzel sticks inside so that they stick out. Use small dried fruit like raisins for the eyes. Enjoy!

Edible Flower Arrangements
Materials needed: Healthy fruits and veggies of your choosing
How do you get kids to eat healthy? Make it fun! On your child’s plate, make pretty flower arrangements out of fruits and vegetables. For inspiration, visit Fantastic Fun and Learning.

Dirt You Can Eat!
Materials needed: Oreos, chocolate pudding, gummy worms
Make dirt you can actually eat! Crush up Oreos into sand-like crumbs and place on top of chocolate pudding. Hide gummy worms throughout.

Explore And Activate!


Activate your brains and bodies with these fun activities. 

Bug Hunt!
Go outside for your very own bug hunt! Find, make, or pretend to hold a magnifying glass as you venture in your backyard or your local park to find different bugs high and low. Before your bug hunt, visit your local library to get books about bugs and see how many you can find.

Spider Web Challenge
Draw a big spider web with chalk outside. In each opening, write a letter, number, or sight word that your child is working on learning. Call out one of the items you have written and instruct your child to run to where it is placed in the spider web. Switch roles! (Bonus: Work on balancing by having your child walk on the spider web lines without falling.)

Save the Planet!
Teach your little superhero the earth-saving benefits of recycling! Recycle the materials your community collects. Out of some of these items, create something new such as a robot out of cereal boxes or bird-watching binoculars out of toilet paper rolls.

Share With Us!


We would love to see the fun you and your itsy bitsy spider fan are up to!

Take a picture of you doing any of these pre/post-show activities, using #NCTSnuggery and #NCTItsy and tag Nashville Children’s Theatre!

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For more information about The Itsy Bitsy Spider and the rest of our shows, check out our Parent Tips & Info page to decide what shows to attend.