Remember that day when you woke up in the morning and found that the rain was pouring quite heavily. Your mother told you that school had declared a holiday because of the rain. Weren’t you super happy? So what do you usually do on such days? Study, read books, eat your favourite rain-special food, paint, etc. However, if you dislike such rainy days, we can suggest a fun activity for you to make such days extra fun. How about a glass of warm milk or your favourite health drink, a bunch of cookies and an amazing playlist of rain songs?
Rain has most often been the muse for several poets, lyricists and musicians. A variety of beautiful compositions have resulted from these showers of happiness and sorrow. Children are usually attracted to this weather phenomenon and the fun accompanied by it. Parents can encourage a love for music among their children by associating it with the seasons and festivities. A rain song for kids is a good start to help them connect with nature and let their imagination run.
Any playlist of rain songs for kids has to start with ‘Rain, Rain Go Away’. This English nursery rhyme finds its roots in the 17th century. James Howell was the first to mention the first version of the rhyme. However, several alternative versions have been published subsequently. Here is the chorus for you to sing!
Rain, rain, go away.
Come again another day.
Little Johnny wants to play.
Rain, rain, go away.
Rain, Rain Go Away
This is a popular song by Gene Kelly from the 1952 musical romantic comedy named, ‘Singing in the Rain’. As a kid, you can happily dance and sing this song in the rain to experience the pure magic of the showers of nature. However, make sure you don’t get completely drenched or you may fall ill. Below are a few lines that you and your friends can sing along.
I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain!
What a glorious feeling, I’m happy again.
I’ll walk down the lane, with a happy refrain.
Just singing, and dancing in the rain.
This is another of our favourite nursery rhymes on rain. It conveys the excitement of experiencing rainfall. The traditional tune from Frere Jacques has been borrowed in ‘I Hear Thunder. Words like ‘Pitter Patter Rain Drops’ explore the rhythm and sound of falling rain. Ask your parents to join you in singing this song with action!
I hear thunder, I hear thunder,
Hark don’t you? Hark don’t you?
Pitter patter raindrops, pitter patter raindrops,
I’m wet through! So are you!
I Hear Thunder
‘My Favourite Things’ is a lovely song from one of the best musical drama films of all time, The Sound of Music (1965). In a scene from the movie, when the Von Trapp kids are frightened by the ensuing thunder and rain, their governess, Maria sings this song to them to drive away their fear. If you too are afraid of lightning and thunder that accompanies rain, you will surely enjoy singing this song. The simple yet sweet melody and lyrics are sure to stay with you forever. Here’s a stanza from the song!
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens,
Brown paper packages tied up with strings...
These are a few of my favourite things.
If you are one of those kids who do not like rain and usually get upset when it pours, we want to suggest this song for you. This rain song for kids will brighten your day and uplift your mood. This wonderful song by B.J. Thomas will give you hope and you can tell yourself that when the gloomy rain is over ‘it won't be long till happiness steps up to greet me’. Below is a selected stanza especially for you!
Raindrops keep falling on my head,
But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turning red!
Crying’s not for me!
‘Cause, I’m never gonna stop the rain by complaining.
Because I’m free, nothing’s worrying me.
As you enjoy these beautiful songs that we have collected for you, you can also engage in some fun activities. And since you won’t be allowed to step out of your house or visit the terrace, you can grab your art supplies and make a wonderful rainy day special artwork. All you need:
Some colourful paper
A pair of scissors
Sketch pens and pencil
Take your elders’ help and cut out 5 umbrellas from the colourful sheets of paper. On a large white sheet of paper, stick these umbrellas and use sketch pens to write the names of these 5 songs or any rainy day song you like. Draw clouds on top and apply glue on them. Stick some cotton on the clouds. Draw some raindrops on blue coloured paper and cut them out. Stick them all around the white sheet of paper. You can also draw the sun behind the clouds or some grass below. Your artwork should somewhat look like this!
Artwork for rainy day activity
Rain and music go hand in hand. This wonderful combination when introduced right from childhood will definitely give birth to great musicians and poets/lyricists who would create magic with their art and skills. You can help your child admire nature and the pleasures of monsoon it offers through these rain songs for kids. Parents are requested to sing along with their children with actions to boost their confidence and encourage them to participate in school programmes.
1. Mention two nursery rhymes on the rain that can be sung with actions.
‘Rain, Rain Go Away’ and ‘I Hear Thunder’ are two all-time favourite rain rhymes for kids. They always enjoy singing these songs with action. Parents can always join them while acting out these songs to help them feel more confident and not shy away from the limelight.
2. For those who do not enjoy the rain, which rain song for kids would you suggest?
It is not necessary that every kid will enjoy the season of falling rain. Some are thoroughly afraid of the thunder and lightning and some feel low with the dark and gloomy weather. However, to help them feel better and brighten their mood, you can encourage them to listen to the songs ‘My Favourite Things’ and ‘Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head’.