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Itsy Bitsy Spider - Nursery Rhyme

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Currently, the Itsy Bitsy Spider nursery rhyme is a well-known rhyme.  Its history is intriguing and hazy, and it has been translated into many other languages and has alternative lyrics. The finger motions that accompany each phrase of the song have helped it gain a lot of popularity.

It concerns a tiny spider that musters up the courage to climb a pipe but is forcibly forced down, but climbs again and keeps going in hope that he will reach the top. Now, let’s sing the spider song.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Theme of the Poem

The Poet has based the theme on not only being jovial in singing but also on educational and learning aspects. The poet stresses using the Itsy-Bitsy Spider nursery rhyme to help kids learn phonological awareness abilities, especially rhymes and repetition.

Itsy Bitsy Spider - Lyrics

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;

And the itsy bitsy spider

Climbed up the spout again  

The itsy bitsy spider

Climbed up the kitchen wall

Swoosh! 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 wall did go  

The itsy bitsy spider

Climbed up the yellow pail

In came a mouse

And flicked her with his tail

Down fell the spider

The mouse ran out the door

Then the itsy bitsy spider

Climbed up the pail once more  

The itsy bitsy spider

Climbed up the rocking chair

Up jumped a cat

And knocked her in the air

Down plopped the cat

And when he was asleep

The itsy bitsy spider

Back up the chair did creep  

The itsy bitsy spider

Climbed up the maple tree

She slipped on some dew

And landed next to me

Out came the sun

And when the tree was dry

The itsy bitsy spider

Gave it one more try  

The itsy bitsy spider

Climbed up without a stop

She spun a silky web

Right at the very top

She wove and she spun

And when her web was done

The itsy bitsy spider

Rested in the sun

Itsy Bitsy Spider in the Water Poodle

Itsy Bitsy Spider in the Water Poodle

Meaning of the Poem

This poem was first published publicly in the 1900s. This poem is written with a very structured rhyme scene. The poem follows a pattern of AABACBB. Repetition is also used in the poem. The poet is saying through the poem that the spider is trying to climb up the waterspout but it slipped because of the rain. Then the rain stopped and the sun started shining and the spider climbed up the spout again. 

In the second stanza, 

Spider Gets out the Pipe

Spider Gets Out the Pipe 


The narrator focuses on this spider whose journey of climbing the water faucet is being read about. The spider first gets removed by the rain. The rain after getting dried by the Sun has the spider then return and begin to climb the spout once more. This is what keeps happening and the poor little spider tries his best each time to keep climbing. The song "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" is repeated and sung aloud while using hand motions for kids to understand the actions. We hope you enjoyed this fun poem.

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FAQs on Itsy Bitsy Spider - Nursery Rhyme

1. Who is the author of the Itsy Bitsy Spider?

Iza Trapani is the best-selling author and artist of numerous children's books, including Rufus and Friends: Rhyme Time, I'm a little Teapot, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. She lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.

2. What does this poem teach?

This poem teaches the kids to not give up and keep going on their journey of achieving their goals and aims. The spider also does not lose hope and after numerous failures also keeps trying to get to the water faucet. Inculcating the mentality of failing and trying again is very important and this poem very well focuses on that.

3. Which rhyming pattern followed in Itsy Bitsy Spider?

Itsy Bitsy Spider follows a well-organised rhyme pattern, much as most nursery rhymes do. The lines are sequenced in an ABACBB pattern. The short song's six lyrics are connected by a recurring "B" sound, which also serves as a unifying theme.