Rain – Toddler Storytime


Books We Shared

 
In The Rainy Day Puddle by Ei Nakabayashi, a little frog finds a puddle that is the perfect size for him.  But as the rain keeps falling, so does that puddle — and that’s a good thing, because a whole lot of animals want to join frog!

Our second story during our 11 am storytime was also about animals having fun in the rain.  In Rain Dance, by Kathi Appelt, with pictures by Emilie Chollat animals count and prance their way through the story as the rain falls.


American Sign Language: RAIN

We learned the ASL sign for rain!  See how to do the sign at Lifeprint.


Flannel Board Letter

R is for Rain

Rain starts with the letter R! We identified the letter, drew it in the air, made the sound that R makes, and talked about some other things that start with R: roadrunner, rocket, raccoon, rabbit and rain!


Flannel Board Counting

5 Clouds

We counted five pumpkins during our counting flannelboard!  Then we talked about different ways you can group the clouds to get to the number five.


Flannel Board Stories

Color Umbrellas

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

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

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

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

One umbrella sad and all alone.
Decided to go join his friends and that left none

 


Video We Watched


“The Rainy Day Game” from Peppa Pig: Sun, Sea and Snow

It’s raining, so Daddy Pig thinks of a fun game indoors that Mommy Pig, Peppa and George can all play together!  Maybe you can try playing the Rainy Day Game at home too!


Rhymes & Bounces & Songs We Shared without Music

We sing a lot of songs during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics to those songs without music here.

Welcome Song
(to the tune of: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”)
Welcome, welcome everyone
Now we’re here let’s have some fun.
First we clap our hands just so
Then we bend and touch our toes
Welcome, welcome everyone
Now we’re here let’s have some fun.

Open Shut Them
Open, shut them. (Spread fingers wide, then close into fists)
Open, shut them. (Spread fingers wide, then close into fists)
Give a little clap, clap, clap. (Clap hands on “clap”)
Open, shut them. (Spread fingers wide, then close into fists)
Open, shut them. (Spread fingers wide, then close into fists)
Place them in your lap, lap, lap (Pat lap with hands on “lap”)
Creep them, crawl them (creep fingers up stomach to chin)
Creep them, crawl them (creep fingers up stomach to chin)
Right up to your chin, chin, chin (tap chin with hands on “chin”)
Open up your little mouth (open mouth wide and pretend to put fingers in)
But do not let them in! (Hide hands behind your back quickly)

For a video of me (Jennifer) doing this rhyme, watch the video below:

The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider (L shape with both hands.  Place thumb of one hand on forefinger of the other)
went up the water spout.   (“walk” your fingers up thumb to forefinger, alternating.)
Down came the rain and (wiggle fingers and bring then downward)
Washed the spider out. (make baseball “safe” motion)
Out came the sun and (hands above head in a circle)
and dried up all the rain. (hands out at side of body)
And the itsy bitsy spider (L shape with both hands.  Place thumb of one hand on forefinger of the other)
went up the spout again. (“walk” your fingers up thumb to forefinger, alternating.)

Storytime’s Over
Hands up high! (Put your hands in air)
Now give a big sigh (sigh and bring hands down)
Our storytime’s over
So wave bye-bye (wave)


Music from CDs We Shared

Sometimes it’s fun to sing along with music.  Here are some of the songs and cds used in today’s storytime.


“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

Clap everybody and say hello.
Clap everybody and say hello.
Clap everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

Other Verses:
Jump everybody and say hello…
Wiggle everybody and say hello…
Sing everybody and say hello…


“Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

Roll, roll, roll your hands
as fast as fast  can be
do it now, let me see
do it now with me

Other verses:
Tap tap tap your feet…
Shake, shake, shake your feet…
Roll, roll, roll your hands …


“Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

Row, row, row your boat
gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
life is but a dream.

Other verses:
Twist, twist, twist your boat…
Bounce, bounce, bounce your boat…
Sway, sway, sway your boat…
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your boat…
Tickle, tickle, tickle your boat…


“Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

Reach for the ceiling
Touch the floor
Stand up again
Let’s do some more

Touch your head
Then your knees
Up to your shoulders
If you please

Reach for the ceiling
Touch the floor
Stand up again
There isn’t again more


“Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays for Fun and Learning by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass.

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack and the other named Jill
Fly away Jack
Fly away Jill
Come back Jack
Come back Jill
Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack and the other named Jill


Continue the Fun

Want to share more books about rain?  Check out some of these books at your Pasadena Public Library branch:

    

Presented on 11/7/2017

Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer D. is a Senior Librarian at the Lamanda Park and San Rafael Branches of Pasadena Library. When she was young, she was once grounded for reading too much. Things haven’t changed much since then and she loves escaping into a good story. When she’s not reading she enjoys watching old musicals, scouring flea markets, taking way too many photos and letterpressing. If she could have any pet she wanted she would have a wombat or a manatee.

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