Rainy Day

Rhyme Cube:  Click here for description

Sign Language:  The word of the day was “Rain

Opening Rhyme:  Open them, shut them…

First Book:  Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray Red Rubber Boot Day

Felt Board:  Five Little Umbrellas

I put the felt umbrellas on the board and had the kids count them with me.  We also pointed out the different colors.  Then I recited the following rhyme as I removed each umbrella (we always count the felt pieces together after each verse).

Five umbrellas stood by the back door,
The red one went outside,
Then there were four.

Four umbrellas, pretty as can be,
The blue one went outside,
Then there were three.

Three umbrellas with nothing to do,
The green one went outside,
Then there were two.

Two umbrellas not having much fun,
The yellow one went outside,
Then there was one.

Just one umbrella alone in the hall.
The white one went outside,
And that was all.

umbrellas

Song: “I Like to See the Raindrops Fall”

(to the tune of All Around the Mulberry Bush)

I like to see the raindrops fall,          (use sign language word for “rain”)
the raindrops fall, the raindrops fall
I like to see the raindrops fall
on a stormy day.

I like to hear the thunder  clap         (clap your hands loudly)
the thunder clap, the thunder clap
I like to hear the thunder clap
on a stormy day.

I like to see the lightning flash,       (make a flash motion with your hands)
the lightning flash, the lightning flash
I like to see the lightning flash
on a stormy day.

(credit: Storytime Secrets)

Second Book:  Rain by Manya Stojic Rain

Felt Board:  Make a Rainstorm

Next I asked the kids to help me make a rainstorm on the felt board.  I gave each child a felt raindrop and told them to hold onto it until they hear their name.  Once they hear their name that can come put it on the board.

I recited the following rhyme for each child:

“Rain, Rain,
Go away;
Come again,
Another day
Little (name of child)  wants to play.”

Our board looked like this:

raindrops

We made a rainstorm!  I continued with another felt board activity.  I recited the following rhyme as I added the appropriate pieces.

“Rain on the grass
Rain on the trees
Rain on the rooftops
But not on me!
Rain on the grass
Rain on the trees
Rain on the windows
But not on me!”

Now our board looked like this:

raindrops 2

Third Book: Rain by Robert Kalan

Activity:  It’s Raining Bubbles!

Next I told the kids that we could pretend bubbles were raindrops and I could make it rain inside!  I blew tons of bubbles and we sang songs like “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring,” “Rain is Falling Down,” and “Rain, Rain, Go Away.”

(idea from Falling Flannelboards)

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