Climbing Incy Wincy Spider (Itsy Bitsy Spider)

An adorable paper-plate Incy Wincy Spider craft (Itsy Bitsy Spider) that actually climbs! Nursery Rhymes have never been such fun!I think Incy Wincy Spider (Itsy Bitsy Spider) has to be one of our all time favourite nursery rhymes. It’s a really easy nursery rhyme to act out with gestures and it relates to things young children have real life experience of…spiders, sun and rain.

Although you can use gestures to act out Incy Wincy spider (Itsy Bitsy Spider) I still love to use props too. You might have seen our Incy Wincy Spider Play Set ?

Make an Incy Wincy Spider Play Set - a cute nursery rhyme craft to bring the song to life.

Well today we’ve got another great addition to your Incy Wincy Spider activities. An Incy Wincy Spider paper plate craft that is fun and easy to make and it actually climbs! You can see him in action in the video below. Wow, nursery rhymes have never been such fun!

Supplies To Make An Incy Wincy Spider That Climbs!

  • Paper Plate
  • Paint
  • Plastic Drinking Straw
  • String or Wool
  • 2 Beads
  • Googly Eyes
  • Stapler
  • Sticky Tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How To Make An Incy Wincy Spider That Climbs!

This paper plate nursery rhyme craft is delightfully easy! I’ve made a quick video so that you can see this cute Mr Incy in action. If you prefer written instructions just carry on reading below. Start off by painting your plate whatever colour you want your spider to be and set it aside to dry. We did a black one here but pink, blue, red, green…any colour or mixture of colours the children fancy would be great!

An adorable paper-plate Incy Wincy Spider craft (Itsy Bitsy Spider) that actually climbs! Nursery Rhymes have never been such fun!

Then you need to cut the corrugated rim off so that you have a big circle. Next divide that circle in half so that you have two circles.

An adorable paper-plate Incy Wincy Spider craft (Itsy Bitsy Spider) that actually climbs! Nursery Rhymes have never been such fun!

Snip the two circles into quarters so that you have 8 legs. Now you need to cut the centre of the plate to make Incy Wincy Spider’s body. We chose a number 8 shape. Then let the children stick on or paint on the eyes and mouth and glue or staple on the legs. Lastly turn the spider over to make the climbing mechanism. Cut two short sections of drinking straw about 3 cm each and secure them onto the back of the body with sticky tape. Cut a long length of wool or string and thread one end through each straw from the head of the spider to the bottom. Secure the ends of the wool with a large bead to stop the wool from pulling out of the straws and to give the children something easy to hold on to.

An adorable paper-plate Incy Wincy Spider craft (Itsy Bitsy Spider) that actually climbs! Nursery Rhymes have never been such fun!

Now the children can enjoy making Incy Wincy Spider climb! Hold the middle of the wool hoop up in the air or pin it onto the wall. Now your little one can take hold of the beads and pull each bead gently out to the side. They’ll love watching Mr Incy Wincy Spider climb up and down over and over again. Such a great interactive nursery rhyme craft. Of course it would also work for other things like flying superheroes, fairies or insects! Expect me to revisit this idea for bees and butterflies in the summer! You might also like:

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  1. That’s so sweet, I would never have thought of using a paper plate. Pinned!

  2. That looks great! We love Incy Wincy too!

  3. What a fab idea, this looks great :-)

  4. What a fab idea! Harry loves Incy Wincy Spider and is just starting to (finally) get into crafts so this looks like something I could do with him.

  5. Oh my goodness – we love this! My daughter just went crazy over your video. Thank you for sharing! :-)

  6. This is amazing. I have pinned. What a great craft

  7. Such a great idea! Wish I could be more organised with my crafting….

  8. Great ideas, I’m arachnophobia so it’s not my favourite nursery rhyme! :) x

  9. Thoroughly brilliant idea for little ones, love the fact he can climb!!

  10. Fantastic! I am pinning. A bat version for Halloween would be cool too. Love the video :-)

  11. Ah you’re amazing, this is so simple but so so good!

  12. aw how cool , thats actually really creative thankyou for sharing

  13. This looks great, we are big fans of Incy Wincy Spider

  14. Love this idea! We made paper plate spiders last yearto use for this rhyme but never even thought to make them climb,what a great idea!

  15. Oh that is so cute! I’d love it if you linked it up with Tuesday Tutorials on my blog next week :)

  16. This looks brilliant, my 3 YO loves Incy Wincy Spider – she’d love to make this. She’s obsessed with nursery rhymes at the moment, we’re getting through many every night! Great post, thank you so much for sharing and well done on being a MAD Finalist too :)

  17. This is such a clever craft! My kids will love it!

  18. I have so got to do this with the kids!!

  19. this is so neat! I love that you made a video also! x

  20. Adorable idea! I think my little guy would really enjoy this too!

  21. Great craft to accompany the nursery rhyme! TY, again, for sharing with us today!

  22. I’m so glad your out there giving us all these super fab crafts ..keep us company. thanks so much


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