Rain and Rainbow Storytime

Sunday was St. Patrick’s Day, and a quiet day at the library with the big downtown parade going on just a block away. Even though storytime was the day of the holiday, I opted out out of a St. Patrick’s Day themed storytime this year. I just wasn’t feeling it. But since it was so gloomy and rainy outside, I decided this week’s storytime would be about rain and rainbows. Perfect for spring. I opened up storytime by talking about the myth of the leprechaun and how he hides his gold at the end of the rainbow. My St. Patty’s Day tie-in. After reading stories, we made lucky rainbow necklaces so the kids could take a little rainbow color and luck with them wherever they went.

Here’s what we read…

Rain and Rainbows Storytime Line-up:

Raindrop, Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, illustrated by Pam Paparone

 A rhyming story that introduces counting by counting the raindrops.

Listen to the Rain by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by James Endicott

A picture book with a beautiful poem about the stages of a rainfall. The last page features a rainbow which transitioned the storytime from rain to rainbows.

Duckie’s Rainbow by Frances Barry

Transitioning into rainbows, we read this story about Duckie and his walk through many different colored scenes which at the end take the shape of a rainbow.

Rainbow Flannel Board

We went over the colors of the rainbow and how rainbows are made using this flannel I made last year for St. Patrick’s Day Storytime.  I asked them if they could help me determine the order of a rainbow and what colors were in it. I held up a color and they would say what color it was. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. We started with red and went all the way to violet. I also talked a little bit about how a rainbow is made by the raindrops refracting the light of the sun into a rainbow of colors.

Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

This is a wonderful book for pre-school age children. Baby bear experiences all the colors in his day which ends in witnessing a rainbow after a storm.

A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman

We’ve enjoyed reading this one quite a bit at home, so I decided to share it with the storytimers this week. A boy sees a rainbow from his window and runs out to catch it. When he gets to where the rainbow should be it has vanished, so he decides to pretend and have a rainbow of his own.

Lucky Rainbow Necklace Craft:

As a way for the kids to take home their very own rainbow, and to work on tuning those fine motor skills, we beaded Lucky Rainbow Necklaces for the post-storytime craft. It’s amazing how sometimes the simplest craft ends up being the most fun.

Here’s how we made our necklaces…

Materials used: plastic beads, crochet yarn, and scissors.

Cut a piece of yarn a little over a foot long. I did this part before storytime so the kids would focus more on beading.

The kids strung their necklaces using rainbow colored beads.

Tie a knot at the end of the strings when finished and voila!

A rainbow of your very own. A little luck wherever you go.

rainbow of my own image source: the marlowe bookshelf


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