Although you can purchase the book on it's own, I recommend the set with the audio CD. The author, Karen Beaumont, has taken the song, "Ain't Gonna Rain No More" and has written a fabulous story to match the tune. A childish voice sings the story on the CD.
The synopsis of this story is a child who enjoys painting...just a little too much. Through the use of rhyme the child paints each part of his body more colorfully then the last. David Catrow illustrates this book with fun and flare.
Literacy: While reading (or listening) to the story, see if the children can guess what the next part of the body is by simply listening to the rhyme (i.e. "Well there ain't no harm if I paint my......arm..."). The audio CD does pause slightly before naming the body part to allow for this. If your children are a bit older, see if they can think of other words to rhyme with the body parts.
Art: Provide the children with a set of face paints. Let them paint their arms and legs (or the arms and legs of their friends). If you are uncomfortable with this, trace their hand and arm on paper and let them decorate it how they choose.
Science: Rainbow Milk
Outdoor: Provide the children with large paint brushes, rollers, and water so they can "paint" outdoors. Allow them to "paint" the sidewalk, building, play structure, bikes, etc. Give them freedom to explore.
Math: Patterns One illustration in the book is of the child's leg painted like an "Easter Egg".
- Cut and laminate a "leg" shape (or an egg). Design pattern pieces the children can place on the "leg" in the pattern of their choice.
- Provide pipe cleaners and beads for patterning. Make a loop on one end of the pipe cleaner to prevent the beads from falling off.
- Make Fruit Loop Necklaces
I hope you and your children enjoy this book as much as my preschoolers and I did. Now that I am home, my son and I listen to this story on a regular basis. It has become one of his favorites too.
What lesson ideas do you have for this story? Feel free to link and share!