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.
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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 Amazon.com: 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?