Incy Wincy Spider Dice Game


Learn the numbers 1-20 with this creative Incy Wincy Spider Game! In this dice game, your spider piece needs to be the first to get to the top.  Preschoolers will love playing this nursery rhyme inspired game!

incy wincy spider game

Is it Incy Wincy Spider?  Or Itsy Bitsy Spider?  Or Eency Weency Spider?!   I'm familiar with Itsy Bitsy, but I know the nursery rhyme goes by any of the other names, too.  How in the world did such a simple rhyme get called so many things?!

Alas, by whichever name you call it, this Incy Wincy Spider Game is the same : )

This fun game is great for:

Counting Skills

Number Recognition


Building Number Sense

Fine Motor Skills

Incy Wincy Spider Game

For our second week of Playful Preschool, I set up learning activities with a nursery rhyme theme.  Other nursery rhymes activities were inspired by: Five Little Monkeys, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and Three Blind Mice.

This math game was inspired by Incy Wincy Spider.

Race to 20 Incy Wincy Spider Game


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  • paint stick
  • two small clothespins
  • two adhesive spider stickers or small plastic spiders
  • markers
  • numbered die
  • yellow construction paper
  • glue stick
  • scissors

This clever math game uses a paint stick (aka paint stir stick) as the "gameboard."  The paint stick is the "water spout" in the nursery rhyme!

First, you'll need to decorate the "water spout," i.e. paint stick using markers.  I drew raindrops and some flowers on our paint stick.

On a separate piece of paper I drew a sun, cut it out, and glued it to the top of the paint stick.

Our paint stick was long enough to make 20 marks, which I kinda eyeballed.. but you can choose what number you'd like to "race to" and fit the numbers on the paint stick accordingly.

incy wincy spider game using paint stick

Next stick the adhesive spider stickers to the clothespins.

Grab someone to play with and you are all set!

How to play 

Simply roll the die and move that many spaces "up the waterspout" (ie. paint stick).

First to reach the sun, wins!  Oh, and bonus that this math game is also working on fine motor skills!

incy wincy spider game

I can see this game being made up for many more themes!  Have fun playing!

** If working on basic addition skills, you could make a die with addition facts on them for your child to answer OR roll two dice and have your child add the numbers together to move up the paint stick waterspout!

** Now that you made it up the paint stick waterspout, "down comes the rain".... play the game backwards and see who makes it down the paint stick waterspout first!

** Don't forget to sing this simple nursery rhyme, too!

The Incy Wincy Spider went up the waterspout,
Down came the rain, and
Washed the spider out.
Out comes the sun
and dried up all the rain,
And the Incy Wincy Spider
Went up the spout again.

More Preschool Nursery Rhyme Theme Activities:

  • ABC Maze on the driveway
  • Sang 5 Little Monkeys Nursery Rhyme and wrote M's all over a chalkboard that Little Sis 'erased' with water and a qtip.
Sensory Play: 
  • Fall Leaf Rhyme; as I said the rhyme all three kiddos threw leaves bought from the craft store into the air.  We "raked" them up with our fingers, and did it all over again! 
  • Five Little Monkeys Fine Motor Activity
Math Skills: 
  • Race to 20 Game 
  • Mouse Sorting and Sizing Activity inspired by Three Blind Mice

In case you missed it, check out our first week of Playful Preschool Spice Up Your Name Activity for our Five Senses theme!

Plan your preschool year, too with our Weekly Theme Ideas & Printable Planning Sheet!

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