In Spanish, The Itsy Bitsy Spider is La araña pequeñita, La itzi bitzi araña, Winsy, winsy araña or Wichi, wichi araña. Like most traditional rhymes, the words to this finger play vary a bit depending on region. You can read about several different versions here: The Itsy Bitsy Spider in Spanish. The printable sequence cards below extend the language and learning in this simple rhyme. The link to the printable is at the end of the post.
This is a wonderful fingerplay to do with children learning Spanish and it lends itself to lots of activities with related language. Of course, singing the song with the actions is the very best place to start. The actions clarify and reinforce the meaning of the words, so children always know what they are saying. Also, movement helps children process language at a deeper level. These are the words my children learned and it is the version I still teach:
La arana pequeñita subió, subió, subió.
Vino la lluvia y se la llevó.
Salió el sol y todo lo secó.
Y la araña pequeñita subió, subió, subió.
Whether you are playing with your child at home or teaching a class, you want children to say the Itsy Bitsy Spider in Spanish many times and to engage with the language in different ways. One of my favorite activities for this is sequence cards. Kids can color the cards, use them in order to sing the song, order them as they sing, and make them into a mini book. For sequencing, print the cards on card stock. I have included versions with and without text.
How we do the rhyme and activities depends on the children. This is a possible order, spread over several days. We always sing the Itsy Bitsy Spider in Spanish with the actions before doing other activities.
1. Learn the song and the finger play.
2. Do the finger play. Talk about the cards in order. (See vocabulary below.)
3. Do the finger play. Kids color the cards. Reinforce vocabulary (below) by talking about the cards as they color.
4. Order the cards as a group or individually as you sing the song.
5. Make the cards into a mini-book. Kids can make a cool spider cover.
6. Read spider books. Do additional spider crafts.
The sequence cards let me teach language that is not in the rhyme. What you include will depend on your kids, but this is some of the additional vocabulary that you can easily incorporate using the sequence cards:
As you order the cards, you can also use primero, segundo, tercero, cuarto, entonces, después.
Link to Itsy Bitsy Spider in Spanish Printable Cards
Here is a video of the Itsy Bitsy Spider in Spanish from the San Bernadino County Library.