Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Stories and Songs for a Rainy Day

Well, it's not really raining outside right now, but it did yesterday and it will tomorrow.

We read Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy, which is a simple. repetitive doggy book, and In the Rain with Baby Duck, a sweet and satisfying story about a little duck who doesn't like the rain, until she gets boots and an umbrella.

We sang a bunch of songs: Five Little Sausages, Two Little Blackbirds, Hands on Shoulders, and Shake My Sillies. We sang Pop Goes the Weasel with flannelboard pictures.

I meant to sing Rain Is Falling All Around, but forgot. But it's a good one for a rainy day, and can easily be changed to "sun is shining," "leaves are falling," etc. Here it is on YouTube:

This little video has nice pictures, but doesn't show the actions for the song. But the actions just follow the words. Wiggle your fingers while you drop your hands down for "rain is falling." Form a roof with your arms for "on the housetops," and bend right over for "on the ground."  You get the picture.

Rain is falling all around,
On the housetops, on the ground.
Rain is falling on my nose,
On my head, an hands and toes.

YouTube is exceedingly useful when it comes to children's songs and fingerplays. If you only have the words for a song and don't know the tune, or don't know the actions, YouTube may well have it. 

Our craft was umbrella pictures. I got the idea from, one of my favorite sites for kids' crafts. This one is really easy---just cupcake liners, pipecleaners, paper, and glue.

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