How the Itsy Bitsy Spider Became A Butterfly

by kate on February 15, 2021

You know that song, the Itsy Bitsy Spider? Some people call it the Eentsy Weentsy Spider. Regardless, the Itsy Bitsy Spider crawled up the waterspout, encountered some bad weather and bad luck. But the sun cures all and she finds herself doing it all over again.

Kinda like having child #2.

I actually love this song because it incorporates lovely little hand gestures that captivate even the smallest of audiences.

So, if you’re a spider fan, try this version out for size: the Fuzzy Little Caterpillar.

First with the words; then the hand gestures.

The fuzzy caterpillar
Crawled up in a leaf,
She spun a little chrysalis
And then fell fast asleep.
While she was sleeping,
She dreamed that she could fly,
And when she woke up
She was a butterfly!

Now, I don’t know if girl caterpillars are the only ones who can be butterflies or not, but I usually say he or she, depending on my mood or mental capacity.

Now, on to the hands. This is going to be difficult to explain, but bare with me. And pay no mind to my Georgia O’Keefe, old lady, gnarled hands.

The fuzzy caterpillar (hold your arm out in front of you, elbow bent, palm open and up, like you are expecting payment)

Crawled up in a leaf, (walk your 1st 2 fingers from your other hand up your forearm to your out-stretched hand)

She spun a little chrysalis (rub a little circle into your palm, like there is a spot you want to rub clean)

And then fell fast asleep. (put your hands together, rest your ear on them and pretend to be asleep)

While she was sleeping, (do the same on the other side of your head - the other ear)

She dreamed that she could fly, (wave your arms and hands like you are a butterfly flying - this you can imagine without needing to see my chicken arms)

And when she woke up (keep waving)

She was a butterfly! (bring your hands in, hook your thumbs together so your arms are crossed, with the meaty thumb part of your hands touching and wiggle your fingers back and forth)

Yea! Now it’s your turn.

top photo credit: Sam Bald
others: Modern Home Modern Baby (yes, that’s me in the photo, too!)

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Jenny L February 14, 2021 at 11:40 pm

yesterday i was sitting with my kids and wondering how to connect with them. what activity, besides cookie baking, story telling/reading and coloring we could do. this is perfect.

Adventures In Babywearing February 15, 2021 at 7:56 pm

Oh, cute!!


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