Preschool Rain & Umbrellas Theme

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Songs & Fingerplays

RAINDROPS - sung to "Frere Jacques"

Raindrops falling,
Raindrops falling,
From the sky,
From the sky.
Put up an umbrella,
Put up an umbrella,
Nice and dry,
Nice and dry.

Showers over,
Showers over,
Sun aglow,
Sun aglow.
See the pretty flowers,
See the pretty flowers,
In a row,
In a row.

By Jean Warren from Totline
Magazine, April 1993
~Submitted by Carole in CT

Rain in the Puddles

Circles, here,
Circles there,
No triangles,
rectangles,
diamonds
or squares
Just
circles
on circles
everywhere!

~ Betsy Franco
~ Submitted by Sue in PA

The Playful Windshield Wipers

On rainy days, when we're driving around,
the windshield wipers like to play.
They play in a drizzle; they play in a storm.
They love it when the weather's gray.

They move together back and forth.
they like to move at different paces.
They always play a game of tag
and challenge each other to all sorts of races.

They have a special job to do--
they wipe and swish rain away.
But windshiper wipers never touch,
no matter which game they choose to play!

~ Betsy Franco
~ Submitted by Sue in PA

Construction Paper Umbrellas

Make Umbrella top shape from white construction Paper, have child dribble tempera paint thinned with water onto their umbrella and quickly blow the dribble paint, using drinking straws, to create a spattered rain pattern . After they dry add a craft stick handle to the umbrella top.

Use as a prop to accompany this poem:

Umbrella go up
When the rain falls down,
When the rain falls down on me.
Umbrellas go up
When the weather's wet
To keep the rain off me!

Umbrella go up
When the sun shines down
On a hot day by the sea.
Umbrellas go up
When the weather's hot
to keep the sun off me!

~Submitted by Carol in MD

Umbrella Song - sung to "I'm A Little Teapot"

Here's my new Umbrella.
Wide and high.
It keeps me cozy, warm and dry.
If the rain starts falling from the sky
Just open me up and you'll stay dry

~Submitted by Carol in MD

Rain, Rain

Rain, rain, go away
Come again some other day
We want to go outside and play
Come again some other day

(Optional lyrics: change third line to say:
(child's name)'s friends all want to play

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

It's raining, it's pouring,
It's raining, it's pouring,
The old man is snoring.
He went to bed and he
Bumped his head
And he couldn't get up in the morning.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

It Ain't Gonna Rain

It ain't gonna rain no more, no more
It ain't gonna rain no more,
How in the heck will we wash the neck
If it ain't gonna rain no more?

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


The Rain

Pitter-patter raindrops,
falling from the sky.
here is my umbrella
To keep me safe and dry.
When the rain is over
And the sun begins to glow,
Little flowers start to bud
And grow & grow & grow.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Thunder - sung to "Frere Jacques"

I hear thunder. I hear thunder. (stamp feet on floor)
Hark do you, hark do you? (place hand behind ear)
Pitter, patter raindrops, pitter patter raindrops
(Wiggle fingers down)
I'm all wet. (Point to yourself).
So are you. (point to a friend).

Who Likes the Rain? by Clara Doty Bates

"I," said the duck. "I call it fun,
For I have my pretty red rubbers on;
They make a little three-toed track,
In the soft, cool mud, --- quack! quack!"
"I !" cried the dandelion,
"I ! My roots are thirsty, my buds are dry."
And she lifted a towsled yellow head
Out of her green and grassy bed.
"I hope 'twill pour ! I hope 'twill pour!"
Purred the tree-toad at his gray bark door,
"For, with a broad leaf for a roof,
I am perfectly weather-proof."
Sang the brook: "I laugh at every drop,
And wish they never need to stop
Till a big, big river I grow to be,
And could find my way to the sea."
"I," shouted Ted, "for I can run,
With my high-top boots and raincoat on,
Through every puddle and runlet and pool
I find on the road to school."

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Umbrella Fun

Umbrellas are for make-believe
The one I have is red.
I twirl it upside down
and it's a carousel instead.
I use it for a parachute
(I don't jump very far.)
Or else I walk a tightrope
On the shadow of a bar
I think it must be magic, too.
My mother was upset
the day it vanished in the rain
And I got soaking wet.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Umbrella Song - (Does anyone know the tune -?)

Put up your umbrella
When the rain comes down.
Wear a happy smile
And wipe away a frown.
Splash in all the puddles
And do a little dance.
Rain is just the thing we need
For watering the plants.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Rain

Rain is _______
But rain is not _______
Rain is good for _______
But rain is not good for ________
Rain is fun when _______
But rain isn't fun when _______
I ______ the rain.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

It's raining outside, but I won't complain.
Because I really enjoy the rain.
I get to go out when rain comes down.
And I'll wear a smile, though it makes you frown.
I'll keep the rain off some lucky fella'.
You see, I am your friendly umbrella.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Raindrops

See the rain clouds in the sky, that
look so stormy and so black?
See the lightning flashing by, and
thunder that goes CRACK?
I wonder if the raindrops, could be
tears the clouds have shed,
From rollong 'round up in the sky-
and maybe bumped their heads!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Special Umbrella

The first umbrella is red.
It keeps rain off my head.
The second umbrella is yellow
For a very lucky fellow.
The third umbrella is blue.
It is one that I drew.
The fourth umbrella is brown.
I will carry it to town.
The fifth umbrella is green
Fit for a king or a queen!

(Suggest that the children draw and color umbrellas as a rainy day activity.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Rain on the Green Grass - poem

Rain on the green grass,
And rain on the tree,
And rain on the housetop,
But not on me!

Umbrellas In Many Colors

Umbrellas help in many ways.
This black one is for rainy days.
In summer, when there's too much sun,
I carry this bright yellow one.
This umbrella pink and neat
Fits at the table where I eat.
This red one when I put it up
Looks like an upside-down big cup.

(Ask the children to take out their crayons and hold up the correct color as you read the poem aloud. Suggest that they draw and color their favorite umbrella. Ask, "How many umbrellas are mentioned in the rhyme?" Ask them to say the rhyming words in the poem. Read the poem again and ask the clas to help you with the words.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

R-A-I-N-Y - sung to "Bingo"

There was a time when we got wet
And rainy was the weather.
R-A-I-N-Y, R-A-I-N-Y, R-A-I-N-Y
And rainy was the weather!

~Submitted by Charlene in Ohio

Rain, Rain

Rain rain
falls on the street,
mud in puddles
cleaning my feet.

Thunder thunder
rumble and roar,
close the windows
and lock the door.

Clouds clouds
black and gray,
heavy with water
to drop all day.

Sun sun
is breaking through,
clouds are moving,
the rain stops too.

Rainbow rainbow
across the sky,
see through colours
to tickle my eyes.

~James Harner, Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Rain on my Umbrella - Sung to "Frere Jacques"

Drip, drip, drop, drop,
Drip, drip, drop, drop
Drip, drip, drop,
Drip, drip, drop.

Rain on my umbrella,
Rain on my umbrella,
Never stops.
Drip, drip, drop.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Unknown Title - sung to "Frere Jacques"

I hear thunder, I hear thunder
Hark, don't you? Hark, don't you?
Pitter patter raindrops
Pitter patter raindrops
I'm wet through, so are you.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Rain on the green grass
(flutter fingers down to ground)
And rain on the trees
(Flutter fingers up over head)
Rain on the Housetop,
(Make an upside-down "V" with hands and arms over head)
But not on me.
(Circle arms over head to make an umbrella)

Then read again and let the children take turns filling in the blanks. Make up actions to go with the new words.

Rain on the _________
And rain on the tree.
Rain on the ___________
But not on me.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

If All The Rain Drops

If all the rain drops,
were jelly beans and gum drops,
Oh what a rain that would be.
Standing outside with my mouth open wide.
Ah, ah ah ah, ah ah ah, ah ah ah,
Oh what a rain that would be.

If all the snowflakes - - candy bars and milk shakes

If all the sunbeams - - bubble gum and ice cream

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Rain

Pitter Pat, pitter pat (drum fingers on floor),
the rain goes on for hours.
And though it keeps me in the house,
it's very (hold hands palms up and
closed into fists in front of you)
good for (open fists)
flowers (lift hands imitating flowers growing up).

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Rainy Day Rhyme

Rain on the green grass,
(flutter fingers down to ground)
And Rain on the tree.
(Flutter fingers over head.)
Rain on the houstop,
(Make upside down "V" with hands and arms)
But not on me.
(Circle arms over head to make "umbrella.")

Repeat poem replacing "green grass" and "housetop" with other things the children come up with.

Eensy, Weensy Raindrops - Sung to "Eensy, Weensy Spider"

Some eensy, weensy raindrops
Are falling from the sky.
They're filling up the puddles
And dropping in my eye.
Drip, drip and drop, drop,
I love to hear them fall,
For the eensy, weensy raindrops
Mean wet fun for us all.

Rain Rain Falling Down - Sung to "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"

Rain rain falling down,
Falling on the ground.
Pitter, patter, pitter, patter,
What a lovely sound.

It Is Raining - Sung to "Frere Jacques"

It is raining, it is raining,
On my head, on my head,
Pitter, patter raindrops,
Pitter, patter raindrops.
I'm all wet! I'm all wet!

Rain - Sung to "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"

Rain, rain falling down,
(flutter fingers up and down)
Landing all around.
(Move arms out to sides.)
What a lovely sound you make
(cupping hands behind ears)
Splashing on the ground.
(Wiggle fingers up and down)

I'm a Little Rain Cloud -
sung to "I'm a Little Teapot"

I'm a little rain cloud fat and round.
When it thunders, I make this sound.
Boom! Boom! Boom! Rolling around.
Splash! The rain comes tumbling down.

Five Umbrellas

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 went outside, then there was one
Just one umbrella alone in the hall,
The purple one went outside, and that was all!

~Jean Warren

Boom, Boom Goes The Thunder After Lightning!

Boom, boom goes the thunder after lightning!
Boom, boom goes the thunder after lightning!
Every time we have thunderstorms
Boom, boom goes the thunder after lightning!

The little drops get an electrical charge,
A different one's taken by the drops that are large.
A great spark jumps between the two.
They make a bolt of lightning for you! (spoken in a high voice)

Boom, boom goes the thunder after lightning!
Boom, boom goes the thunder after lightning!
Every time we have thunderstorms
Boom, boom goes the thunder after lightning!

Lightning cuts a path through the air,
Thunder roars from way up there.
When air gets hot it will expand.
Thunder rumbles across the land! (spoken in low voice)

Boom, boom goes the thunder after lightning!
Boom, boom goes the thunder after lightning!
Every time we have thunderstorms
Boom, boom goes the thunder after lightning!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Flannelboard Story

For the flannelboard. You will need a sun, two clouds, and six fairies that are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.

Two little clouds one summer day
Went floating through the sky;
They went so fast they bumped their heads,
And both began to cry.

Old Father Sun looked down and said,
"Oh, never mind, my dears;
I'll send my little fairy folks
To dry your falling tears!"

One fairy came in red so fine,
And one in orange bright;
Then yellow, green, blue, violet
Were all at once in sight.

They wiped the cloud tears all away,
And then from out the sky,
Upon a line the sunbeams made,
They hung their gowns to dry.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Who Likes the Rain? by Clara Doty Bates

"I," said the duck. "I call it fun,
For I have my pretty red rubbers on;
They make a little three-toed track,
In the soft, cool mud, ---quack! quack!"
"I !" cried the dandelion,
"I ! My roots are thirsty, my buds are dry."
And she lifted a towsled yellow head
Out of her green and grassy bed.
"I hope 'twill pour ! I hope 'twill pour!"
Purred the tree-toad at his gray bark door,
"For, with a broad leaf for a roof,
I am perfectly weather-proof."
Sang the brook: "I laugh at every drop,
And wish they never need to stop
Till a big, big river I grow to be,
And could find my way to the sea."
"I," shouted Ted, "for I can run,
With my high-top boots and raincoat on,
Through every puddle and runlet and pool
I find on the road to school."



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