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.
The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates 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
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.
Jump in the Puddles by Carole Peterson
Jump right in your own puddle and get dressed with the song.
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.
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.