You remember lying on your back watching the clouds on a warm spring day right? The grass tickling your legs while you spot bunnies and airplanes in the pillowy clouds floating above?
When you are a little kid weather is fascinating. Clouds are fascinating. Rain is fascinating…well pretty much everything is fascinating but today we’re talking about weather.
The featured book for the Virtual Book Club for Kids captures this childhood moment and this is the foundation of our story time for this week.
Below are fun books about clouds, the perfect song for a weather story time (with a printable page of lyrics), and fun activities to do after you ready?
Little Cloud Weather Story Time
Note: Our story times always have the same parts; We start with a hello song. Next, I read 2-3 books about a topic with a rhyme/song and group activity that works on a developmental goal in between each book. We end with a goodbye song and then head to the table. At the table there is an invitation of some sort that works on another one of the developmental skills they are building. These elements are all listed below so you can move them around into whatever order works for you!
affiliate links are included below. thank you for your support!
Books about Clouds
*Featured Book: Little Cloud by Eric Carle
This sweet little book by Eric Carle is a classic. You can find it in both picture book and board book format. A little cloud drifts away from the others and changes into different shapes. Then it floats back to the other clouds to make one big cloud. A simple story illustrated with Carle’s trademark style.
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
Everyone has laid on their back and watched the clouds float overhead right? As you watch them seem to transform into different objects. This book takes this simple concept and with wonderful repetitive text it tells the story of a cloud changing shape. This is fun to read aloud because kids enjoy calling out the shape formed out of a cloud on each page.
Rain by Linda Ashman
What happens when a cloud gets big and dark? Rain falls of course and different people see this differently. An old man is grumpy when he wakes up and sees rain falling outside. A little boy is excited to don rainy weather gear and head outside to pretend to be a frog. What will happen when the two meet?
Songs about Weather
1 The Rain Comes Down Lyrics from My Storytime Corner
This is one of my all time favorite songs to sing with kids and I was shocked that I couldn’t find the lyrics online anywhere to share with you. I believe I learned this song from a mentor teacher that I worked with at the University of Minnesota when I was in graduate school.
When I sing this song with kids, I start by asking them to make a little cloud with their hands.
Then we make our clouds grow bigger and bigger and uh oh! What happens when I cloud get to big?
(Hopefully they call out) “It starts to rain!”
Then you start singing the song. You can find the lyrics on this free printable.
Enjoy! It’s one of our favorites!
2 What’s the Weather from Music with Nancy
This is a fun basic weather song. I sang it every morning with my preschoolers during group time but it would also work for a weather story time like this one.
The Goodbye Train is Leaving. (Watch on YouTube) from Jbrary
Don’t Forget to Grab a FREE Rain Song Printable!
Activities about Clouds & Weather
My Virtual Book Club for Kids co-hosts have some fun learning activities about clouds and weather for you!
Lightening Leap Weather Alphabet Activity (with free printable) from Preschool Powol Packets
Recording and Graphing Weather from Rainy Day Mom
Blowing Clouds with a Straw from JDaniel4’s Mom
Weather Tracking Printables from Mama Smiles
Weather I-Spy Printable from The Moments at Home
STEAM Challenge: Little Cloud & Rainbow Blow Painting from Toddler Approved
Inkblot Cloud Shapes from Teach Beside Me