Book suggestions, ideas for early learning, poetry appreciation, rhyming activities, and good rainy day fun!
I chose these, as they are all fun for young kids and about rain, since it was a rainy day, but you can use any that you enjoy:
“The Storm Starts..”. by Dr Seuss in his book Oh, Say Can You Say? Because that one is so short we also read: “How to tell a Klotz from a Glotz” by Dr Seuss, in the same book, just for fun!
“Rain” by Shel Silverstein in his book Where the Sidewalk Ends
“Rain on the Green Grass…” by Mother Goose in the book My Very First Mother Goose
The kids were so enthusiastic that we read on in each book! They couldn’t get enough!
Another favorite of mine for young ones by Emily Dickinson is “A fuzzy fellow without feet…” in the same book mentioned above. You’ll have to look it up to see what creature she’s describing. There’s an illustration in the book, but I like to cover it and see if the kids can guess!
Then we played a Rhyming Match Game
Sit in a circle, pass out one per person in a random order (if your cards are still in order) face down in front of each child. Don’t let them look at the cards.
Shuffle: Each child picks up their card, still without looking and runs around the room to get all mixed up. (Fun way to get moving when you’re stuck inside!)
Yell “STOP!” The kids freeze and look at their cards.
Then say “GO”, they must find their match and come sit back in the
Play as many rounds as you want. My class didn’t want to stop! But they were getting a little too wound up, so we had to move on. I wished that the cards also had the words of the object written on them; maybe you can find a better printable! Or write them on yourself.
The original way to play this game is: you cut the cards on one mat and leave the other mat uncut. Then have your child match the rhymes by placing the matching rhyming cards onto the mat. Not nearly as much fun, though! But might work better if you only have one or two kids playing.
Rhyming craft activity:
Pass out one copy of the printout to each child and have them cut out 4 cards they like.
Turn the poster long ways and paste the cards down the left side of the poster.
When ready, pass out the matching printout and have them cut out the cards that match the one’s they already picked. Mix them up and paste in random order down the right side of the poster.
Paste (tape worked better) yarn in a straight line from one card to it’s match.
Color a Bookmark:
Bookmark with the poem “OOPS!” by Shel Silverstein: printable
Instructions: Do you really need instructions??
Write a poem and illustrate it
Other books I recommend for reading young children poetry:
Of course, much more from the authors I listed above
by Ludwig Bemelmans