The Summer in the UK, especially here in Norfolk, is yet to start. Adam is still wearing his winter coat and it is currently pouring down with rain. Despite dreams of a warm summer and spending hours playing in the garden it is best to have some indoor activities up your sleeve ‘just in case’ we have too many rainy days. Luckily, Something 2 Offer is hosting a fantastic A to Z Rainy Day Activities series to give you lots of ideas. We have the letter R – our chance to make a rain inspired story telling basket.
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We love the story “The Little Raindrop” by Joanna Gray. The book teaches children about the water cycle and is beautifully illustrated. Little Raindrop falls from a cloud, through a rainbow and into a shallow puddle on top of a large rock. The book follows Little Raindrops adventures down a stream, into a river and then the sea before being washed up on the sand where the process starts again. I created a Little Raindrop storytelling basket to help Adam retell the story.
Whilst shopping I spotted the perfect shaped bottle to create our own Little Raindrop – the Vosene Sensitive Scalp Shampoo (250ml)bottle. I simply added features to the bottle using a permanent marker pen.
I lined a white tray with green felt and made a seaside scene from dark blue and yellow felt. Using light blue felt I created a small pool and a stream that leads to the sea. The stream was lined with small pebbles. I also added a wooden Rainbow and our amazing Plui Rain Cloud from Imagido. You can see our rain cloud in action in the video section of our Facebook page.
As we read and retold the story Adam moved the Little Raindrop around the storytelling basket. He picked up key words throughout the story and was able to re-enact the storyline himself after lots of repetition.
That night we took Little Raindrop, the rainbow and the Plui Rain Cloud into the bath. Using our bath crayons I marked out a simple stream and Adam continued to retell the story. We shall certainly be making more story telling baskets in the future!
Make sure you check out the other A-Z Rainy Day Activities.
* The Little Raindrop book
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