Rain – Infant Storytime

Even though it was sunny outside, we shared stories about rain at a recent Infant 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 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.


Flannel Board Story

Five Little Raindrops

Idea taken from Recipes for Reading 

Five little raindrops
(hold up five fingers)
Dancing on the walk
(move hand from side to side)
Pitter patter, pitter patter, that’s the way they talk.
(pat hands on legs to make a pitter patter noise)
Out comes the yellow sun, shining in the sky
(raise arms up like the sun, if using a flannel sun piece, hold this up)
And away goes one raindrop
(take away a raindrop)
Bye, bye, bye!
(wave goodbye)


Flannel Board Nursery Rhyme

Hickory Dickory Dock

Pattern taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock (tickle baby up one side)
The clock struck one (lift baby up in the air as you say, “Ding Dong!”)
The mouse ran down (tickle baby down other side)
Hickory Dickory Dock.

Repeat this as a bounce having clock strike two, three, etc, and lift your little ones in the air as many times as the clock strikes.


American Sign Language: RAIN

We learned the ASL sign for Rain this week. See how to do the sign at Lifeprint.


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.

Peek-a-Boo
(to the tune of : ”Frere Jacques”)
Peek-a-boo. Peek-a-boo. (cover eyes with hands, then remove)
I see you, I see you (point at child)
I see your little nose (touch nose)
I see your tiny toes (touch toes)
Peek-a-boo. Peek-a-boo. (cover eyes with hands, then remove)

I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock Bounce
Tick, tock, tick tock, (sway baby from side to side gently)
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick, tock, tick, tock
now I’m striking one o’clock
Cuckoo! (Lift baby up in the air)

Tick, tock, tick tock, (sway baby from side to side gently)
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick, tock, tick, tock
now I’m striking two o’clock
Cuckoo! Cuckoo! (Lift baby up in the air on each cuckoo)

Repeat with as many clock strikes as you would like, and lift your little one up in the air the appropriate amount of times.

Patty Cake
Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man (clap hands together)
Bake me a cake as fast as you can (clap hands together)
Roll it (roll one hand over the other)
And pat it (pat legs)
And mark it with a “B” (make the letter B on baby’s tummy)
And put it in the oven for Baby and me! (hands flat, then point to baby, then you.)

These are Baby’s Fingers
These are baby’s fingers (touch baby’s fingers)
and these are baby’s toes. (touch baby’s toes)
And this is baby’s belly button (touch belly button)
Round and round it goes. (tickle around bellybutton)

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 storytime.


“Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

I take my little hands and go clap, clap, clap
I take my little hands and go clap, clap, clap
I take my little hands and go clap, clap, clap
Clap clap all day long

I take my little feet and go tap tap tap
I take my little feet and go tap tap tap
I take my little feet and go tap tap tap
Tap tap all day long

I take my little knees and go bend bend bend
I take my little knees and go bend bend bend
I take my little knees and go bend bend bend
Bend, bend all day long


“Itsy Bitsy Spider” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried out all the rain.
So the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.


“Ladies Ride” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

This is the way the ladies ride
trit trot trit trot
This is the way the ladies ride
Early in the morning

This is the way the gentlemen ride
clip clop clip clop
This is the way the gentlemen ride
Early in the morning

This is the way the farmer rides
clippity cloppity clippity cloppity
This is the way the farmer rides
Early in the morning

This is the way the cowgirl/cowboy rides
Giddy-up! Giddy-up!
This is the way the cowgirl/cowboy rides
Early in the morning


“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Walt Disney’s Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 1

Twinkle twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are.


Continue the Fun

Want more stories about rain?  Check out these stories and more at your Pasadena Public Library branch:

 

 

Storytime presented Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer D. is a Senior Librarian of Youth Services . 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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