Storytime: Weather

The weather has been a little crazy in CT, we’ve gone from negative temperatures to 55 and snow storms to thunderstorms. In honor of the weather madness I decided to do a weather story time!

 

Opening – Here, Here (Tune: Skip to My Lou)
A great way to break the ice, especially with new little patrons, is to use a puppet. Children often have an easier time connecting with a puppet than a person. I like to go around the circle and have each child shake the puppet’s hand when I say their name.
Here, here, we’re all here
Here, here, we’re all here
Here, here, we’re all here
We’re all here in story time
Hello (child’s name), how are you?
Hello (child’s name), how are you?
Hello (child’s name), how are you?
We’re so glad to see you

Book

Sledding by Elizabeth Winthrop

Snowflake, Snowflake (Tune: Twinkle Twinkle)
Snowflake, snowflake fancy free (wave hands over head)
Snowflake, snowflake dance with me
First on my head, then on my toes (touch body parts)
Then on my nose, where the cold wind blows
Snowflake, snowflake turn around
Snowflake, snowflake touch the ground

Snowflake, snowflake fancy free (wave hands over head)
Snowflake, snowflake dance with me
Touch my ear, then my knees (touch body parts)
Snowflake, snowflake I’m about to freeze (hug self and shiver)
Snowflake, snowflake turn around
Snowflake, snowflake touch the ground

Book

Raindrop Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison

Itsy Bitsy Spider
The 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

Rain is Falling (Tune: Ants Go Marching)
The rain is falling down in drops (wiggle fingers down)
Drip drop, drip drop (tap thighs)
The rain is falling down in drops
Drip drop, drip drop

The rian is falling down in drops
We can’t go play until it stops (wag finger side to side)
Oh, the rain is falling down
To the ground (wiggle fingers all the way to floor)
Where it makes lots of mud
Squish, squish, squish (pat floor)

Flannel Board

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Five Little Umbrellas (Flannel Board)
You can use any name for this rhyme but I prefer to use the name of the children in the story time and have them come take the color off of the board. If you have more than five children you can always repeat the rhyme.
Five umbrellas stood by the door
(name) took the pink one and then there were four
Four umbrellas, as pretty as can be
(name) took the blue one and then there were three
Three umbrellas having fun
(name) took the yellow one and then there was one
One umbrella alone in the hall
(name) took the purple one and that was all!

If You Have… (Tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man)
This is a handy song to get the flannel pieces back!
If you have a (color) umbrella
A (color) umbrella, a (color) umbrella
If you have a (color) umbrella bring it to me now
(pink, blue, green, yellow, purple)

Book

One Windy Wednesday by Phyllis Root

I Went to Visit the Farm
This is a great one to use puppets with!
I went to visit the farm one day
I saw a cow along the way
What do you think that animal did say?
Moo, moo, moo
(repeat with other animals)

Scarves

Wave Your Scarf (Tune: London Bridge)
Wave your scarf up and down,
Up and down, up and down
Wave your scarf up and down
Wave your scarf

(left and right)
(fast and slow)
(high and low)
(round and round)

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
It’s raining, it’s pouring (wave scarves)
The old man is snoring
He went to bed and bumped his head
And couldn’t get up in the morning

(repeat)

Wind, Oh Wind!
Wind, oh wind, oh wind I say (hold scarf out to side)
What are you blowing away today?
Scarves, oh scarves, oh scarves I say (wave scarves)
I am blowing the scarves away

 

Rain on the Grass
Rain on the grass (shake on floor)
Rain on the trees (shake high)
Rain on the roof (hold above head)
But not on me!

(repeat with sun)
(repeat with snow)

If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re happy and you know it wave your scarf
If you’re happy and you know it wave your scarf
If you’re happy and you know, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it wave your scarf

(throw your scarf)
(play peek-a-boo)

Free Play
Free play with special toys is always a great way to end story time. I recently started doing this after hearing several mothers tell me that the main reason they come to story time is to allow their child to socialize with other children. While singing and reading together is a great bonding experience, children learn a lot through play and by playing with others. I am lucky enough to have several friends with children who donated some gently used  toys to the library, now I have a box of toys I pull out special for story time participants. I hang around for a little bit and pop in and out during free play to see if parents have any questions and to interact with the children.

 

 

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