Notes from the Black Lagoon

Posts Tagged ‘picture books

Well, this is the second week of my story/craft program and we’ve got a great group of kids this time around. Today’s theme was (appropriately) rain and puddles! I love puddle books and read two of my favs, The Rain Puddle by Adelaide Holl and The Puddle by David McPhail. The Rain Puddle is one of my absolute favorite picture books, a fact I was quickly reminded of when one little girl accidently ripped a page while she was looking at it! Sadly, it’s out of print, so we had to use our best book repair skills and save it from the bin.

Then we made a Rain Stick for our craft. Thanks to this video on Sprout’s website, I was able to watch Nina do this craft and then re-create it for my story time kids.The Rain Sticks were definitely a hit…not to mention very noisy and fun to do! I made a few modifications though from the Sprout version. First, I used wrapping paper to cover my paper towel rolls. I also used sprinkles (or jimmies if you’re from New England) for the noisemakers inside the roll instead of dried rice. Good thing too, as some of my story time friends decided to eat them rather than put them inside the Rain Stick.

Next week: dinosaurs!!!