I was inspired by a recent post by Librarian Jenna titled What’s in the Sky? which features all kinds of fun songs and stories about, well, things that come from the sky! For anyone who follows us on Twitter, you may notice we like to talk about the weather A LOT. So, it was a natural choice for my next blog post to reach into the vaults of Youtube and pull together some of our favourite songs about meteorological wonders! These songs and rhymes are perfect because they are universal in their appeal, can be adapted to fit different themes or just to get kids up and moving.
This fun little number is easy to sing and makes use of rhymes to help kids predict which body part is coming next.
We love this gentle song, plus it features lots of great sign language!
This has got to be one of my favourite songs for babytime, as it calls for lots of touching plus a game of peek-a-boo! Snowing where you live? Try adding in a verse that goes, “Snow is falling down, slush!”
A classic! What better way to celebrate both the rain and sun than with an incredibly persistent spider!
A classic from Raffi. This could even incorporate a felt story where you have the kids coax out the sun!
To counter all the crummy weather songs this is a nice one to talk about the sun’s role in growing delicious food!
Teddy Gets Dressed
This song, sung to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus” can be adapted for any season! I use the felts below (please forgive the one-eyed teddy bear) and sing the following song as we get him dressed for the appropriate weather. I always ask the kids what else he needs to wear to see if they can guess what article of clothing comes next.
Who’s afraid of a rainy day, a rainy day, a rainy day?
Who’s afriad of a rainy day? Ha, ha, not me!
I wear my coat on a rainy day, a rainy day, a rainy day.
I wear my coat on a rainy day.
My coat keeps me dry.
Then just switch out the different articles of clothing for “coat.” For winter, we sing, “Who’s afraid of a snowy day?” and “My coat keeps me warm.” And for summer we sing, “Who’s afraid of a sunny day?” and “My hat keeps me cool.”
What are your favourite weather songs? What types of weather are we missing?
Because it would be rude to leave you without any songs about getting dressed for all this crazy weather allow us to suggest the Hat Song, Baby Put Your Pants On or our Summer, Fall and Winter playlists for more ideas!