Weekly Themes: Sun, Rain, and Reading for 3-5 years old

Sun, Rain, and Reading

August brings us plenty of sun..if it’s too hot outside, why not find a cool place to sit and read a book together? What do animals do in the summer to keep cool? Why is the sunshine important – how does it help us? Animals? Plants? 

What about rain–How does the rain help us and the world around us?

Bibi the Butterfly loves the sun, rain, and reading!  Watch video, download books, and explore things to do with BookSpring.


Read at Home Together

“The Red Raincoat” offers lots of opportunities for discussion as you read. Encourage your child to think and predict what will happen next and to answer the questions Manu asks, based on the information each picture gives you. You can download the books and save them and keep them forever, to read again and again:

Here are some books to read together!


Things to Do Together

  • Draw together: take turns helping each other draw the sun, clouds, rain, and snow. If you draw half of the picture, can they draw the other half? 
  • What color is the sun? Can you find items in your house that match the sun’s colors?
  • Draw clouds and write a number in each one – can your child draw that number of raindrops falling from the cloud? Would they like to add themselves to the picture holding an umbrella?
  • Cloud drawing – spray some shaving foam onto a surface and let them draw cloud pictures in it. This is a great sensory activity and easy to clean!

Ways to Move Together

Go outside in the morning or evening and make shapes with your shadows from the sunlight!

Weather Themed Yoga Poses!

Time to Share

At the end of the week, reflect on what you read, and what you did.

  • I know more about …
  • I learned…

Share with BookSpring!

How did this activity go for your family?  Please share your photos and stories with everyone by emailing them to weeklythemes@bookspring.org, or sharing them with us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram with #BookSpringatx.  Also, remember to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more weekly themes, and you can post comments on other families’ experiences there.

If you also have kids at home age 6-8, check out these activities and books. 

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Weekly Themes: Sun, Rain, and Reading for 3-5 years old
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Weekly Themes: Sun, Rain, and Reading for 3-5 years old

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