Hi again, and welcome to another Pram Jam blog with me, David!
I’m sure we have all noticed the recent changes in the weather and that Winter has definitely come to stay, so this week I’ve decided on an appropriate theme:
As you will know, the great and varied things we do outdoors are popular themes amongst young children’s books but they usually involve bright, sunny days with rainbows and beautiful green trees.
Well, as I look out the window, if the rain stops coming down there may well be a rainbow but the sky is definitely not blue, it’s kind of grey and grumpy looking; and many trees have leaves that have gone red, or brown, or golden yellow instead of green, or their leaves have fallen off altogether and they are standing there in the cold winter wind absolutely stark naked! They must feel even colder than me!
Anyway, winter weather is an opportunity to ferret out those rare winter books and read them to your children while they are all snug and warm indoors. Here are a few suggestions:
Lets start with the general concept first, with The ABC book of seasons [written by] Helen Martin, Judith Simpson ; [illustrated by] Cheryl Orsini.
Here’s one for the younger crowd that explores colours and the weather as the story of Duckie’s journey home unfolds. Duckie’s rainbow / Frances Barry.
I bet you thought I’d forgotten the rhymes. Well I didn’t! First, a short classic that you can make up actions for as you go along.
It’s raining, it’s pouring
It’s raining, it’s pouring
The old man is snoring
He went to bed and he bumped his head
And he couldn’t get up in the morning
Our second rhyme, I’m a bit embarrassed to say, is an effort by yours truly. As Mary mentioned in her last blog, when reading to babies it is more fun and stimulating to engage them with sounds and actions. As I wrote this rhyme I was thinking about all of these things: rhyming words and repetitive sounds; movement and actions; bonding and closeness. This rhyme is perfect for small babies who can be cradled in one arm while you do the actions with the other.
by David Kursar ©2014
Pitter-patter, pitter-patter, the rain is coming in
(raining motion with fingers)
Clitter-clatter, clitter-clatter, it’s dancing on the tin
(dance fingers on baby’s tummy)
Burble-gurgle, burble-gurgle, it’s flowing down the drain
(run finger in decreasing circles around belly button)
Rumble-bumble, rumble-bumble, the thunder joins the rain
(bounce baby in arms/on lap)
Splish-splosh, splish-splosh, my boots jump in the puddles
(stomp baby’s feet, or pat knees left and right with hand)
Ruffle-fluffle, ruffle-fluffle, mum dries and gives me cuddles!
(rub baby all over and hug!)
If you have a favourite winter book, rhyme or activity don’t be shy, post a comment. If you have some advice, like ‘stick to the blogging not the rhyming’, that’s okay too!