Babies Walkers to 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

Music and movement are a great way of leaning about everyday topics to enhance a child’s knowledge of the world

Equipment required



Up to six weeks

How it works

Children will learn a song or rhyme to do with the weather. Repeat each song or rhyme over multiple weeks to give the children a chance to become familiar with it.

What to do in the class

Before singing the song, show a picture of the weather that correlates to your chose song. Ask the children what they think the weather is like in this picture, and what they can see. Then explain you are going to sing a song about that type of weather now. After the song, you could ask if it’s the same weather today.

Possible song choices:

MAD Academy song recordings:

  • It’s raining it’s pouring
  • Insy Wincy Spider
  • Dance like Snowflakes

Spoken rhymes (all words are below):

  • Rain, rain go away (our MAD Academy version)
  • I hear thunder
  • Beautiful rainbow (words below)
  • I’m a little Sunflower (words below)
  • Doctor Foster went to Gloucester (words below)
  • The north wind doth blow

Extra songs (words below – we don’t have recordings for these yet but you may find versions to use on itunes or feel able to sing unaccompanied if you want to):

  • What’s the weather
  • The sun has got his hat on
  • Sing a Rainbow


Rain Rain Go Away

Rain, rain, go away,

Come again another day

Ralph the bear would like to play

So rain rain go away!

I Hear Thunder

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!

Beautiful Rainbow ( spoken finger play rhyme from the internet)

One day the sun was shining bright (hold up right hand like blocking sunlight)

But some clouds came along and it became black as night (Hold up left hand for the clouds)

Then the rain began to sprinkle onto the ground (wiggle fingers for the rain coming down)

And soon it was raining all over the town.

But when the clouds had passed on by (move both hands to one side)

A big beautiful rainbow stretched across the sky (make a rainbow arc with your hands)


I’m a little Sunflower(Spoken to the tune of I’m a little Teapot)

I’m a little sunflower look and see

Here is my stem and here are my leaves.

When the sun comes up, I turn my head.

When the sun goes down I go to bed



The North Wind Doth Blow (Spoken rhyme – This nursery rhyme originates the way from the 16th century so has been spoken for over 400 years hence the word ‘doth’!)

The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow,

And what will poor robin do then, poor thing?

He’ll sit in a barn and keep himself warm

and hide his head under his wing, poor thing


Dr Gloucester (Spoken rhyme – Another old rhyme first published in 1844 but is probably much older than this. The origins of the rhyme are thought to stem from the 13th century when King Edward 1 was reputed to have visited Gloucester and fell from his horse into a large muddy puddle! He was so humiliated by this event that he refused to ever return to the town of Gloucester ever again!

Doctor Foster went to Gloucester,

In a shower of rain.

He stepped in a puddle,

Right up to his middle,

And never went there again


The Sun has got his Hat on (traditional song)

The sun has got his hat on


The sun has got his hat on,

He’s coming out today.

Now we’ll all be happy,


The sun has got his hat on,

And he’s coming out today.

Sing a Rainbow (traditional song)

Red and yellow and pink and green

Purple and orange  and blue

I can sing a rainbow

Sing a rainbow

Sing a rainbow too

Listen with your eyes

Listen with your eyes

And sing everything you see

You can sing a rainbow

Sing a rainbow

Sing along with me

What’s the Weather – sung to the tune of O’l My Darling Clementine – You could use some pictures of different weather types and ask the children to choose which one to use that day.

What’s the weather, what’s the weather, what’s the weather like today?

Tell me, children, what’s the weather, what’s the weather like today?

Is it sunny? Is it cloudy? Is it raining out today?

Is it snowy? Is it windy? What’s the weather like today?

Training Videos

Its Raining Its Pouring-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Incy Wincy Walkers-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Dance Like Snowflakes-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Rain Rain Go Away-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Sing A Rainbow-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

An alternative weather song

Adaptation for older/younger children

None required

What to do in a nursery setting

No Adaptation necessary