Rain-Toddlers

Books

Note: For the Singing In the Rain book I like to play the song instead of reading the book. Doris Day’s version matches up to the text.

Rain by Manya Stojic
The Rain Train by Elena de Roo
Raindrop, Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre
Singing in the Rain by Tim Hopgood
Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins
Stormy Night by Salina Yoon

Flannel Boards

Fingerplays

The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.
And the Itsy Bitsy spider went up the spout again.

Teeny Weeny Spider
Great Big Spider

It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More
It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more
It ain’t gonna rain no more

Oh no, it’s up to my TOE
But it ain’t gonna rain no more

Oh gee, it’s up to my KNEE…
Oh my, it’s up to my THIGH…
Oh fiddle, it’s up to my MIDDLE…
Oh heck, it’s up to my NECK…

Oh dread, it’s up to my HEAD,
I’m just gonna swim on home.

Music

Jump in the Puddles by Carole Peterson
Jump right in your own puddle and get dressed with the song.

Colorful Umbrellas

Here in California, December and January are prime rain months. This is one of two umbrella sets I have. I added beads to it for a fun texture when kids help put the umbrellas up on the flannel board. This set is great for counting and color recognition. As I go through the rhyme I hold up the umbrella and have the kids call out the color before they can put it on the flannel board.

We keep our umbrellas folded and dry
Ready and waiting for rain in the sky.

Here is a green one to keep me dry
When I open it up and hold it high.

Have you seen the umbrella that’s ruby red?
I feel like a queen when it’s over my head.

The rain can get heavy, oh me, oh my,
But the purple umbrella will keep me dry.

I love the umbrella of pretty sky blue,
It’s big enough for both me and you.

The yellow umbrella is bright like the sun,
Jumping puddles with it is ever so fun.

The orange umbrella is saved for showers,
The kind of rain that wakes up the flowers.

Our umbrellas are fun and so nice to see,
Just look at them all, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Five Umbrellas

Rain can be such a fun sensory experience for young children. Getting wet, jumping in puddles, and playing with umbrellas are all highly entertaining. Depending on the local climate, rain makes a good storytime theme any time of the year. Here in California, December and January are prime rain months. This is one of two umbrella sets I have. I added beads to it for a fun texture when kids help put the umbrellas up on the flannel board.

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

Four umbrellas, pretty as could 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 purple one went outside, and that was all.