Storytime Saturday: Rainy Days (Preschool Pack)

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Now for Preschool Storytime- always my favorite!  (I separated my Flannel Friday posts this week because I used a few different books/flannels for my bigger kids and the layout is little different, especially for Letter of the Week).


Welcome/Opening Songs:

  • I start with a “thumbs” check in.  Then I put out two thumbs up because “I’m so happy to see everyone, read stories and sing/dance today!”
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It – Traditional
  • Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Letter of the Week: N

  • Sing ABC Song
  • Find letter N on chart
  • Write letter N in the air and on ground using Fountas & Pinnell verbal path of motion
  • Give clues/kids guess letter N words
  • Kiss your brain!

Fingerplay: Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water spout.

Down came the rain and washed the spider out!

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.

So the itsy bitsy spider crawled up the spout again.

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Traditional

Book #1: Rain by Linda Ashman

I had so much fun with the voices in this book.  Everyone has an inner grumpy old man, right?  Then we talked about what happens after it rains… RAINBOWS!!!

Action Song: Rainbow Dancers Scarf Song

Rainbow dancers, let’s get ready!

Hold your scarves nice and steady.

You’ll hear the colors of the rainbow.

Listen for your time to go!

Shake RED… shake ORANGE… shake YELLOW… shake GREEN… shake BLUE… shake PURPLE

RED ribbons turn around.

ORANGE ribbons touch the ground.

YELLOW ribbons reach up high.

GREEN ribbons fly, fly, fly!

Rainbow dancers, dance around!

Ribbons swirl up and down.

Overhead and on the ground.

Rainbows flying all around!

Shake RED… shake ORANGE… shake YELLOW… shake GREEN… shake BLUE… shake PURPLE

BLUE ribbons tickle your nose.

PURPLE ribbons touch your toes.

Everybody dance around.

Swirl your ribbons up and down!

Rainbow dancers dance around.

Ribbons swirl up and down.

Rainbow dancers hug a friend.

Our colorful dance is at an end!

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Credit: Start Smart Songs

Action Song: Like a Cloud

Can you stretch like a cloud up in the sky?

Stretch big and tall, stretch up high!

Can you curl up like a cloud into a ball?

Curl up tight, make yourself small!

Can you stretch like a cloud and make yourself wide?

Stretch out from you body, side to side.

Can you bend like a cloud down to the ground?

Bend left and right, bend all around!

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Credit: Kindermusik

Transition: If You’re Ready for a Story (tune of “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain”)

If you’re ready for a story have a seat!

If you’re ready for a story tap your knees.

If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story,

If you’re ready for a story look at me!

Flannel: 5 Little Umbrellas

  • What did the boy wear to get ready for his rainy day?  Boots?  A jacket?  (pretend to put on as kids suggest) What about an umbrella?
  • I have some umbrellas!  What color is this one?  And this one?
  • How many umbrellas do we have now?  1-2-3-4-5!  Let’s sing a song!

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5 umbrellas stood by the back door.

The red one went outside (say BYE! and wave) and then there were 4.

4 umbrellas pretty as can be.

The blue one went outside and then there were 3.

3 umbrellas with nothing to do.

The green one went outside and then there were 2.

2 umbrellas not having much fun.

The yellow one went outside and there was 1.

1 umbrella sad and all alone (sniffle and pretend to rub eyes).

He went to join his friends and that left none!

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Credit: adapted from Jen in the Library

Pattern: available here and in master spreadsheet below

Book #2: The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na

This was hands-down our favorite book!  It had us giggling and laughing the whole time.  If you read one book only during your rainy days storytime, let this book be it!

Craft: Under the Umbrella Scene

Next time I’m thinking of doing this with a cupcake liner for the umbrella and cotton balls for clouds, or maybe making a paper towel roll rainstick!


As always, please feel free to help yourself to the additional resources in my master plan below:

rainy days spreadsheet

And have a wonderful weekend!

Storytime Saturday: Rainy Days (Toddler Time)

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It’s spring and you know what that means… RAIN!  (Or, if you live in Colorado… SNOW!)

So even though it’s been snowing, we forged ahead with a rainy days theme storytime this week and the kiddos loved it!  First up is the plan for Toddler Time.  Here’s some of the books I had ready to go:


Welcome/Opening Songs:

  • I start with a “thumbs” check in.  Then I put out two thumbs up because “I’m so happy to see everyone, read stories and sing/dance today!”
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It – Traditional
  • Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Letter of the Week: N

  • Sing ABC Song
  • Find letter N on chart
  • Name letter N words (flannel)
  • Kiss your brain!

Fingerplay: Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water spout.

Down came the rain and washed the spider out!

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.

So the itsy bitsy spider crawled up the spout again.

___

Traditional

To make this rhyme a little easier for my littles, we followed this version below.  We did it twice since our ECRR skill was READ this week and I focused on repetition.  First we did it once together, then we taught it to our grown up!  🙂

Book #1: Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray

This book goes much better with the littles if you act out the pages- such as breathing deeply when “I press my nose against the screen and smell the smell of rain and screen.”

Action Song: Boots by Laurie Berkner

This song got a little long, but the kiddos still enjoyed it- especially hopping around in our frog boots!

Action Song: Can You Jump Jump Jump? (tune of Do Your Ears Hang Low?)

Can you jump jump jump?

Can you hop hop hop?

Can you clap clap clap?

Can you stomp stomp stomp?

Can you nod your head yes?

Can you shake your head no?

And can you sit down very slow?

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Credit: adapted from 1234 More Storytimes

Transition: Storytime Stretch

Stretch to the window, stretch to the door

Stretch to the ceiling, stretch to the floor

Hands in our laps, we’re ready for more!

Let’s start our story in 5 and 4…3…2…1…now (whisper towards end)

Book #2: Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand

Definitely our favorite book!  We had lots of fun “running” to try and save the kite when the wind blows it away.  It was the perfect book to transition to our flannel guessing game.

Flannel: Where Oh Where Has My Little Kite Gone?

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Where, oh where has my little kite gone?

Oh where, oh where can it be?

It is purple and pink and its tail is long.

Oh where, oh where can it be?

(Optional)

Little kite, little kite, what did you decide?

Is the white cloud a good place to hide?

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Flannel Pattern: here or in plan below

Craft: Under the Umbrella Scene

Next time I’m thinking of doing this with a cupcake liner for the umbrella and cotton balls for clouds, or maybe making a paper towel roll rainstick!


As always, you can grab the master plan (with lots of more rainy ideas) by clicking on the spreadsheet below!

rainy days spreadsheet

Next up… Rainy Days with the Preschool Pack!