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As the rain falls

As the rain falls

When rain falls there are so many things we do and possibly don't do. One thing is for sure, most of us prepare ourselves for the rain, especially if we are heading outside.

We make sure we have our umbrellas and proper rain clothing such as raincoats or rain shoes. On the other hand, some of us enjoy doing simple things like sleeping while the rain falls. There is something calming about sleeping while hearing the raindrops as they hit the roof or gently tap against your window.

Rain is a menace sometimes as it can cause some severe damage. Some parts of the world are plagued with natural disasters due to heavy and|or constant rainfall. But at the same time, rain is something the earth needs. It's important for the survival of the world and every living thing within it. That's one of the main reasons why we are still loving our rain theme.

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In honor of our love for the rain and with the consideration of some of the previous things we mentioned at the beginning of this post, we put together a simple story time scarf activity with a song. This activity|song focuses on a few of the things we do and use when it rains. Through the movement of the scarves, students are able to associate these things with different movements and body parts.

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How did it go?

Since day one, this activity was quickly grasped by our students. Scarves need no introduction. Most students are familiar with them and even if they aren't they adapt to them really quickly, even the babies. What makes scarves even more magical are their bright colors, so this prop never requires student persuasion. That aside, our students, if one thing, picked up the song really fast and that enabled them to really get into the activity. They followed along, sang along and moved along with ease. We were also able to play around with the flow of this activity by changing the speed, at times going through it really quickly just for the fun of it!

Some suggestions we have to make this activity flow smoothly from the get-go would be to do a little practice run before the start of the activity. Run through the movement with your students so they know what the activity is about. If you'd rather not do that and let them discover the movement as the activity unfolds, then that's fine too!

Take a look!

If you are looking for a rain themed scarf song, then this is it! This is a fun, easy to learn and teach activity that requires very little prep or explanation and we are positive your students will love it as much as ours do!

Embrace The Rain,

Tiva & Randa

Sound of the rain

Sound of the rain

Rain dance jazz fun

Rain dance jazz fun