This toddler water level activity, based on the Itsy Bitsy Spider song, is a fun STEM activity that goes with one of your child’s favorite books.
My little one found it recently first favorite book in the library. She pulled out this book at all times and at other times we were allowed to keep it for the entire six weeks.
|Annie Kublers characters and sing Itsy Bitsy Spider|
The other thing my toddlers love right now is “dumping”. “Dumping” is an imprecise term that my three-year-old also uses for casting. The milk is unloaded at the breakfast table. Water is drained onto the sister’s head while bathing. The toys are dumped while mom cleans up. We love dumping.
Toddler water level to match its Itsy Bitsy Spider
I gave my toddlers the opportunity to play the Itsy Bitsy Spider while giving in to their pouring impulses. When toddlers repeatedly perform an activity, it is a signal that their brain is ready to master a new ability.
My girls (ages 1 and 3) have done this water feature activity twice so far and it has been a great success both times. If you like to be active in the bath, this is a good choice. It also works as a tank activity or water level activity. My older toddler is really motivated to learn how to water. My younger toddler was more interested in the sensory aspect. You are working on learning Newton’s laws. “A resting object remains at rest … until it is attacked by an external force.”
Materials for itsy bitsy spider water table game
- Plastic jug of water
- Water bottle cut off with both ends (I actually used two pushed together.)
- Pipe cleaner spider
|Make the spider by cutting a pipe cleaner into four parts and twisting them together.|
We introduce: Itsy Bitsy Spider
I introduced the activity by singing and performing the song once.
The Itsy Bitsy Spider climbed up the water spout.
The rain came down and washed the spider out.
|My three year old was very focused on pouring the water.|
The sun came out and dried out all the rain.
And the Itsy Bitsy Spider climbed back onto the spout.
After I played it once, I released it. My one-year-old mostly liked to play in the water, but my three-year-old liked to sing the song when she guided the spider through the movements of climbing and was washed out by the “rain”.
I added the Kubler’s Sign and Sing to our wish list. I think my little ones will enjoy it even more after they have had a chance to play it.
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