One of my most favorite songs to do with my three year olds is the itsy bitsy spider dance. They seem to never get sick of it. It’s such a classic, but there are so many things you can do with it that my imagination has almost exploded with the possibilities! Here are some ideas:
1) Find an instrumental version of the song. We sing the song sitting in an L put spiders on our toes and crawl them all the way to our head. Dancing the rest of the song with rain and sun! Then I add in stretches and if I feel like it’s needed my spider goes around to help the dancers. They love to see my spider and will often not do the right stretch just so the spider will visit them.
2) We pretend the spider takes on different shapes. The GREAT BIG SPIDER or the very s…n..e..a..k…y.. spider or the jUmPy JuMp spider.
3) We build one giant spider with everyone in the class. Everyone is connected and has lots of wiggly arms and legs. We practice moving the spider from one side of the room to the other while we sing the song. This is a good teamwork exercise, especially for 3’s.
4) We dance the whole song. I divide the class up, some spiders, some rain, and some sun. We sing the song very slowly and when they hear their part in the song they get to dance! They love this and so do I because it ensures everyone is paying attention.
5) A partner dance. Pair up the dancers and ask them to make a spider shape together. They go down and up together. Then one partner is a cloud and one is the rain. Out came the sun- one partner spins around the other and then they go back to their spider shape. Then we switch, so that the other partner has a chance to be the cloud and the spinner.
Do you have ideas for the Itsy Bitsy Spider song? I would love to hear if you use it in your classes and what kind of dances you do!