The Eensy Weensy Spider is one of the first songs that Sammi could sing all by herself. It's also one of the favorites at the library. They have a puppet spider that the kids love when we do this song.
Before Elli could sit up, I put her in my lap and did that actions on her, as shown in the video. My favorite part is tickling her under her chin after the spider crawls back up her arm.
There are a couple of ways to do the spider crawling action. First is what I think of as the traditional way: index finger from one hand to thumb of the other crawling over the other thumb-index finger pair. The second is using your fingers on one hand to crawl up the arm of the other hand. Children seem to love both. We often sing it twice and switch the action the second time through.
One day I was nursing my newborn daughter. Her eyes were closed and she was settling in for sleep as she filled her tummy. I was excitedly anticipating her nap so I could rest my own eyes as well. When she finished eating I put her in her bed, as usual. Before I even made it across the room, I heard her little voice cooing and giggling in a very awake, alert kind of way. I picked her up and tried to rock her back to sleep but to no avail. She was awake and I wondered, "What do I do with her now?" So I present you with a collection of activities to fill those awake times because babies grow up!