Words:

Sing:

Incy wincy spider climbed up the water spout (climb up with finger and thumb)
Down came the rain and washed the spider out (show rain washing out with hands)
Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain (hands show sunshine coming out)
So Incy wincy spider climbed up the spout again (climb up again with fingers)
Sing very quietly/whisper throughout:

The teeny tiny spider climbed up the water spout (show with just one finger on one finger for your climb up)
Down came the rain and washed the spider out (show rain washing out with hands)
Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain (hands show sunshine coming out)
So the teeny tiny spider climbed up the spout again (climb up again with one finger on one finger)
In a louder singing voice (but not shouting as this damages the voice):
The big fat spider climbed up the water spout (clap flat hands together this time to show volume)
Down came the rain and washed the spider out (show rain washing out with hands)
Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain (hands show sunshine coming out)
So the big fat spider climbed up the spout again (clap hands together again)
Additional verse:

Incy wincy spider climbed up the tree (climb fingers, or show a ‘tree’ with Makaton signing)
Down came the snow and made poor Incy freeze (shiver to show you are cold)
Out came the sunshine and melted all the snow (show sunshine with hands)
So Incy wincy spider had another go (climb with fingers again)
There are many more versions out there, which ones do you like best? Do you know any different verses?

Context:

Incy wincy spider is a traditional nursery rhyme.

I like this version, as the contrasts between the quiet and loud voice encourage good listening skills and control of the voice. I often find that if children are very hyperactive and struggling to listen, then whispering or singing very quietly is the single most effective way you can use your voice to get their attention. Whispering suggests excitement, secrets and that you might miss something if you do not listen. With this in mind, I have heard some practitioners whisper rather than sing in the second verse.

I have also written out an additional verse which I have picked up along the way.

Photo by Flickr user Denise Cortez used under the Creative Commons license with thanks.

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