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Mud and Rain Storytime

Updated on March 14, 2012

Before storytime, I like talking with children about outrageous things that help stretch the imagination. Sometimes we pretend to build snowmen in July or ride elephants to the library. This is one of the reasons I love Mud Storytime so much as there are so many good stories and songs that help stretch the imagination. Can't you just see a child running inside to tell you about the mud puddle that jumped on them like Jules Anne in Mud Puddle or dreaming about an afternoon where the sky rained French fries and apple pie?

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Alack, Alack

Traditional Rhyme

Alack, alack, the clouds are so black,

And my coat is so flimsy and thin,

If we further ride on the rain will come down,

And wet little Sam to the skin.

Are You Ready to Play Outside? - by Mo Willems

Are You Ready to Play Outside? (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Are You Ready to Play Outside? (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

Piggie is "not a happy pig." Just as she and Gerald go outside to play, it starts to rain. Gerald tries comforting his friend and shows her they can still have fun running and splashing in the rain puddles. Just Piggie learns to love playing in the rain, the sun comes out. **dramatic sigh**Visit Mo WIllem's Official Website

Free Gerald and Piggie Coloring Sheet

Free Piggie Learning to Fly Coloring Sheet

 

First a Little Drop of Rain Hits the Ground

Piggyback Song

Sung to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It

First a little drop of rain hits the ground.

Then another drop of rain hits the ground.

Then another and another and another and another,

And pretty soon you'll heard a different sound. SPLASH! SPLASH!

If all the Raindrops Were Lemmon Drops an Gum Drops
If all the Raindrops Were Lemmon Drops an Gum Drops

If All the Raindrops

If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops,

Oh what a rain that would be!

Standing outside with my mouth open wide,

Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah.

If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops,

Oh what a rain that would be!

Ask children for more food and ideas and add them to the song. I once had to sing, "If all the raindrops were pizza and mashed potatoes...." Now THAT would be quite a rain!

Another fun way of using the song... string up different plastic foods with fishing line and attach them with binder clips to an umbrella in pairs while singing the song.

In the Rain with Baby Duck - by Amy Hest

In the Rain with Baby Duck
In the Rain with Baby Duck

Baby Duck does NOT like rain. Rain's cold and makes her feathers all wet. However when she arrives at Grandpa's with Mommy and Daddy Duck, Grandpa finds Mommy Ducks old rain boots and umbrella so Baby have fun outside without getting all wet.

Baby likes singing songs about how much she does and then does not like the rain. Sing the songs as dramatically as possible for sure laughs.

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It's Raining, It's Pouring

Traditional Rhyme

It's raining, it's pouring;

The old man is snoring.

Bumped his head

And he went to bed

And he couldn't get up in the morning.

Itsy Bitsy Spider - Traditional Song

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout.

Down came the rain and washed the spider out.

Out popped the sun and dried up all the rain.

And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

The great big spider....

The teeny tiny spider....

Mr. Sun

Traditional Song

Oh, Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,

Please shine down on me.

Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,

Hiding behind a tree.

These little children are asking you,

To please come out so we can play with you.

Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,

Please shine down on,

please shine down on,

Please shine down on me!

Mrs. Wishy-Washy - Joy Cowley

Mrs. Wishy-Washy
Mrs. Wishy-Washy

When Mrs. Wishy-Washy finds Cow, Pig and Duck playing in the mud, she insists they take a bath. But as soon as the bath's over and Mrs. Wishy goes back to her chores, Cow, Pig and Duck hop back in the mud.Visit Joy Cowley's Official Website

 

The Mud Puddle - by Robert Munsch

Jule Ann loves to play outside. But each time she steps outside, a mud puddle jumps on her! She runs back inside, cries to her Mummy, takes a bath (while cleaning out her ears, eyes, armpits and bellybutton) and puts on clean clothes... only to get all muddy again once she steps outside. Finally, after the fourth bath, Jule Ann gets an idea. Putting a stinky bar of soap in her pocket, she goes out and calls for the mud puddle and throws it right at him when he comes running. As you can imagine, the mud puddle didn't like the taste of stinky soap and runs off never to be seen again.

Mud Puddle (Classic Munsch)
Mud Puddle (Classic Munsch)

My storytime kids are used to my wild imagination and outrageous stories. (We regularly discuss riding elephants to storytime. Who needs ordinary cars?) So for this story, "Jule Ann" changes to "Miss Chriss," and they love watching me cry "Mummy, Mummy, Mummy! A mud puddle jumped on me!" Then I hop in the "bathtub" and make sound effects while washing out my ears, nose, mouth, eyes, arm pits and belly button. Needless to say, they usually talk about the story the next week. (Narrative skills!)

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The Rain Hat - Traditional Fold-and-Tell Story

Tell using for newspaper for best results. I've also seen librarians give parents a sheet of newspaper and had them help 2's fold along with the story.

Rain on the Green Grass

Traditional Rhyme

Rain on the green grass,

And rain on the tree,

Rain on the house-top,

But not on me.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Traditional Rhyme

Rain, rain, go away,

Come again another day,

Little Johnny wants to play.

Repeat rhyme inserting the names of storytime children or the puppets used in the stories.

Singing in the Rain

Singing in the rain.

Just singing in the rain.

Hands up.

Singing in the rain.

Just singing in the rain.

Hands up.

Knees bent.

Singing in the rain.

Just singing in the rain.

Hands up.

Knees bent.

Singing in the rain.

Just singing in the rain.

Hands up.

Knees bent.

Bottoms out.

Singing in the rain.

Just singing in the rain.

Hands up.

Knees bent.

Bottoms out.

Chin up.

Singing in the rain.

Just singing in the rain.

Hands up.

Knees bent.

Bottoms out.

Chin up.

Tongue out.

Singing in the rain.

Just singing in the rain.

Hands up.

Knees bent.

Bottoms out.

Chin up.

Tongue out.

Turn around.

Singing in the rain.

Just singing in the rain.

Hands up.

Knees bent.

Bottoms out.

Chin up.

Tongue out.

Turn around.

SIT DOWN!

Stuck in the Mud - by Jane Clarke

Stuck in the Mud
Stuck in the Mud

When a mother hen sees her baby chick stuck in the mud, she becomes anxious. But no matter how hard she,the other farm animals and the farmer push and pull again and again, her baby chick stays stuck.

When using this story, I have the audience help with the repetitive phrase, "So they pushed and they pulled again and again" while pretending to push and pull with their bodies.Visit Jane Clarke's Official Website

 

What's your favorite book or song to share in mud and rain storytime?

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    • tfsherman lm profile image

      tfsherman lm 4 years ago

      Another beautiful lens! Thanks for sharing, from one storyteller to another.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Another precious article, when I find such articles for kids I want to help promote them, that's why I keep giving you so many *angel blessings!* ... keep up the great work!

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I remember a story we encountered at a storytime when my daughter was a baby. It was a hilarious story about a girl who had to take a dress in a box home from her grandmother's house (or maybe she was carrying it to her grandmother). A few dreadful encounters with mud made the story quite an adventure. It would be a perfect addition to this lens if only I could remember the title!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      mud mud glorious mud the hippo song!

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lovely lens.Blessed by a squid angel.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Sorry, I can't think of any mud stories to share. I'll add this to my Storytime Ideas lens.