Itsy Bitsy Spider

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The itsy bitsy spider
Climbed up the waterspout.

Down came the rain
And washed the spider out.

Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain.

So the itsy-bitsy spider
Climbed up the spout again!

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Information About Itsy Bitsy Spider

The origin of "Itsy Bitsy Spider" was when it was found in a book, along with another version that was dated back to 1910 titled Camp and Camino in Lower California. However, this version was an adult version using more graphic terms. It was then later published in Western Folklore novels providing different versions that were more suitable for children in the 1950's.

The song is more like a poem that is said in a sing song way. It provides rhyming lyrics and tells a story. There are also gestures that have been added to the song to show the spider on its journey.

The song talks about a spider that went up a water spout, and then it started to rain. The spider was then washed out by this rain, and then concludes that the sun came out and dried the rain so that the spider can continue up the spout again. However, there are many versions out there that can be sung.

"Itsy Bitsy Spider" is also referred to as "Eency Weency Spider" or "Incy Wincy Spider" and is a very popular young children's nursery rhyme. The song is often sung with small children accompanied by the sequence of actions or gestures mimicking the words.

For further information about the song "Itsy Bitsy Spider", check out Wikipedia.

The song seems to be of American origin and was published in its modern version in 'Western Folklore', by the California Folklore Society (1947), there is an alternative version in the book, "Camp and Camino in Lower California".

There is a cool little book with pop-up pages based on this song. You can find it on The Eensy Weensy Spider: A Pop-Up Book.

The additional verses have been sent to us by Yousef Salem (Verse 3,4 & 5). While verse no. 2 was written by Phil Faronda.

Eencey Weencey Spider is another popular kids' nursery rhyme featuring that is closely related to Itsy Bitsy Spider. If you love spiders, you might also enjoy some of the other spider songs we have on BusSongs, including: The Spider to the Fly, The Red Spider and A Spider on the Floor.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

This version uses different animals

Verse 2: monkey
A teeny-weenie monkey
Climbed up a coconut tree;
Down came a coconut and bopped him on his knee. (Lisa would slap her knee while citing this line)
Out came his Daddy and kissed away the pain,
And the teeny-weenie monkey climbed up the tree again.

Verse 3: ladybug
A tiny-shiny ladybug
Crawled inside a rose;
A gardener splashed her on her pretty nose.
The ladybug was frightened and thought that it was rain,
And the gardener said: "Sorry. I won't do that again".

Verse 4: pill bug
A cutesy-wootsy pill bug
Lived in a flower bed;
A bird saw it crawling while flying overhead.
The pill bug rolled up and looked just like a stone,
And the bird kept on flying and left it all alone.

Verse 5: butterfly
A sweetie-weetie butterfly
Flew around and 'round;
A strong wind came along and blew it to the ground.
Out came its Daddy and gave it a kiss and hug,
And the sweetie-weetie butterfly was as happy as a bug.

Here's a short version with a BIG SPIDER

The GREAT BIG 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 the GREAT BIG SPIDER went up the spout again.

Here are some verses that you can add on

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the kitchen wall,
whoosh went the fan and made the spider fall,
off went the fan,
no longer did it blow,
so the itsy bitsy spider,
back up the fan did go.

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the big oak tree,
she slipped on a limb and landed next to me,
out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
so the itsy bitsy spider,
went right back up again.

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up without a stop,
she spun a silky web right at the very top,
she wove and spun and when her web was done,
the itsy bitsy spider,
rested in the sun.

This version has different lyrics and you can use it to introduce the word: 'spinnerets'

The itsy-bitsy spider
Stuck out two spinnerets
Out came a web
Made-up of tiny threads
Along came the wind
That blew so far away
Where the itsy-bitsy spider found
A brand new place to play!
And why do they do this?

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Finn, Arizona

17 November 2016 at 4:53pm

I think the spider should have 8 legs.

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olaoluwa Precious, Nigeria

26 July 2016 at 12:26pm

what a nice collection, what a nice unresting activities of spiders. I will not quit even in the face of challenges....

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concerned vet, vetropolis

27 May 2016 at 12:07pm

i am very concerned about this ppor spider. it is constantly washed down the drainpipe after using all its energy climbing up. this is very dangerous as it could drown and every time it tries again it gets drowned again. as far as anyone knows, the rain is acidic. this spider has continuously been torchered and his home has been washed away. please stop this brutal treatment. he has several torn ligaments and broken bones but is unable to come visit me as he is being forced to climb and climb and drown and then climb again. there is water in his lungs and eyes, and all his legs have muscle spasms due to the incessant climbing. it is disgraceful that young children are bveing taught such horrific forms of animal cruelty. stop it.

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abdul rahman, United States

10 May 2016 at 5:21pm

this books help nursery

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chloe, Canada

24 March 2016 at 3:13pm

actions: fingers climb up arms rain fingers arms out to sides Sun circle with arms, finegrs climb up arm again. Great poem!

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Ratmond Nguyen, United States

4 March 2016 at 3:39am


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Legs Sparrow, USA

18 February 2016 at 12:34am

Wittle Bitty spider

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Chloe, Canada

10 February 2016 at 11:22pm

Incy Wincy Spider (England) RULES!

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Legs Sparrow, USA

24 November 2015 at 11:18pm

Iitsy bittsy spider,have some spider cyder

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mohammd moarref, Iran, Islamic Republic of

12 October 2015 at 10:10am

It was lovely

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Alpha Skua, Ant arctica

29 September 2015 at 10:13pm


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Alpha Skua, USA

18 September 2015 at 1:13am

The late Ted Kennedy did this with some school kids better off just doing it themselves Fun song though

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Dhiraj Uphat, Nagpur, India

21 August 2015 at 7:25am

I like it. Thanks

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Legs Sparrow, USA

31 October 2014 at 1:14am


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maha, 17 august 2014

17 August 2014 at 2:57pm

I like this poem

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bryanna, United States

2 August 2014 at 12:33am

great for little children

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BUTT, Zimbabwe

19 November 2013 at 3:25pm

Trosh from Canendia I agrees thos song os amazong

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BuTT, Zimbabwe

19 November 2013 at 3:24pm

JOe feom congo is stppoid thos is me favrotie sobg evar

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19 November 2013 at 3:23pm

cont soap lostinong to thos somg serousld me favpoprite

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Butt, Zimbabwe

19 November 2013 at 3:21pm

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