R is for Rain: Storytime Plan

Opening Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It" [standing up] with whispered added verse "If it's storytime and you know it, say Shhhh..."

Uh-oh! It's starting to sprinkle even before our first story! [go straight into "Drip, Drop," encouraging kids to join in as they pick up the words and actions]

Action Rhyme: [seated]  "Drip, Drop"

Drip, drop, drip, drop--
I see raindrops!
Drip, drop, drip, drop--
a raindrop landed on my head! [Boop!]
...two raindrops landed in my ear [Boop! Boop!]
...three raindrops landed on my back [Boop! etc]
...four raindrops landed on my nose! [Boop! etc]

Book: The Big Storm: a Very Soggy Counting Book by Nancy Tafuri

Action Rhyme [seated]: "Windshield Wiper" 
[3 times through. Slowly when it's only lightly raining, then moderately, then crazy-quickly because the storm is so big!]

I’m a windshield wiper
This is how I go--
Back and forth, back and forth
In the rain and snow.

Song: “Dance, Freeze, Melt” by The Learning Groove from Rockin' Red

Book: Soggy Saturday or Thirsty Thursday by Phyllis Root

Action Song with Scarves : "Stomping In the Rain" 
(tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”)
[standing, with scarves over heads until "we must get wet," then dramatically remove and tilt face to sky...keep scarves entirely off heads during "twirling" verse, simply twirling with scarves]:

We’re stomping in the rain We’re stomping in the rain We can’t stop yet, 
we must get wet!
We're stomping in the rain.
We're jumping...
We're twirling in the rain [arms outstretched, face looking up as if rain is pouring on it]
The rain has slowly stopped
The rain has slowly stopped
Let's say goodbye
and go get dry [toweling off motion]
until it rains again.

Song with Scarves [if time]: "Umbrella" by Laurie Berkner

Book: The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na

Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with R." Possibles before opening to kids for suggestions: Rattlesnake! Raging Rhinoceros! Rocket [count down and blast off]!


Alternative Book: Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont
Alternative Action Song: "The Itsy Bitsy Spider"

Alternative Action Song: "If It's Raining Outside" (sing to "If You're Happy and You Know It)

If it's raining outside, put on your boots.

If it's raining outside, put on your boots.
If it's raining outside, then your boots will keep you dry;
If it's raining outside, put on your boots.
...put on your coat
...put up your umbrella

Alternative Action Rhyme: "Down Come the Raindrops"

Down come the rain drops, SPLASH, SPLASH, SPLASH! 
(stamp feet on splashes)
Let’s run for cover, DASH, DASH, DASH!  (run on the spot)
Pitter patter, pitter patter, DRIP, DRIP, DROP! (clap hands in rhythm)              I’m under my umbrella till the raindrops STOP! (put up pretend umbrella)

Action Song with Scarves: "Come Under My Umbrella" (tune: "The More We Get Together") [standing]

Come under my umbrella
umbrella, umbrella,
Come under my umbrella,
it's starting to storm.
There's wind and there's rain and there's
thunder and lightning--

Come under my umbrella, it's starting to storm.