The Itsy Bitsy Spider nursery rhyme is a big hit in our house. My two toddlers are now thrilled whenever see any bug that resembles a spider at all. Poor little bugs, it must be terrifying to have two toddlers standing over you screaming nursery rhymes. Now, my girls have their own spiders to carry around with them. These Itsy Bitsy Spider DIY Bath Toys are a fun, easy, durable toddler craft that helps us ensure that water fun doesn’t end when the squirty toys start to mold! 

The simple construction of this craft makes sure that toddlers can get involved. The foam allows the spiders to stick to the walls of the tub, shower, sensory bin, or pool without any adhesive for long-lasting durability.

Perfect for making showers in the bathtub to wash the spider out.


itsy bitsy spider diy bath toy craft

I’m really not kidding when I say the girls have been carrying them around everywhere since we made them. And unfortunately, they decided the ugly alien-looking first version was the one they really liked. So in case your child likes hideous alien-looking things, I’ve included a free download of the template as well as the cuter version. 

I’m going to feature the monster-looking around Halloween time and say I did it on purpose :p

Have you ever read a text message and you could just hear the cringing lie on the other end? That was what I heard when my husband sent me, “no it’s cute,” in response to the picture captioned: “goofy as hell” with the glorious alien monster spider. I said dear lord, that man has never said cute in his life. He is trying really hard to be supportive. How romantic. Nothing like an ugly craft to give you heart flutterings. 

ugly itsy bitsy spider diy bath toy craft

Supplies for the Itsy Bitsy Spider DIY Bath Toy Craft

  • Craft Foam
  • Wiggle Eyes
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun
  • Optional: Free printable templates at the bottom of this page
itsy bitsy spider diy bath toys craft

Construction of the Itsy Bitsy Spiders

1. Cut out the paper templates. I included all 8 legs of the “cute” spider for your reference, although you probably only need to cut out one to trace on the foam.  

2. Trace the paper templates on the chosen colors of foam. I decided that our “cute” spiders would be two vibrant colors each.

itsy bitsy spider diy bath toy craft

3. Trace the stencil onto the foam. 

4. Cut out the spider from the foam.

5. Using the hot glue gun, glue the body together. Glue the legs on the back of the body. 

itsy bitsy spider diy bath toy craft

6. Glue the eyes onto the front of the spider. Spiders have anywhere from 0 to 12 eyes! If you have self-adhesive eyes, I recommend taking the strip off the back and using the hot glue to secure it to the foam. It will last much longer. 

Ta da! Your very own Itsy Bitsy Spider bath toy!

I’d love to see how your spiders turn out! Please share pictures in the comments below! Happy spring! 




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Hi! I’m Katie. I’m a mom with two toddlers born 14 months apart. Growing Up Goddesses is about empowering toddlers and parents with educational printables, activities, and articles.
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