Whatever the weather T-Z

The cold old house

The little winds they whisper

The mitten song

The rainbow fairies

The warm South Wind

The water cycle

The weather witch

The wind blew East

Walking weather

What the birds say

When the rain is falling down

Wind, wind, blowing

Windy weather

Who has seen the wind?

 

Last updated: 3/7/2022 10:22 AM

The songs below are part ofAway we gocompiled, adapted and illustrated by Dany Rosevear

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The cold old house O

 

 


This anonymous rhyme came from BBC Radio’s wonderful Poetry Corner, Spring 1973; Tune by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I know a house, and a cold old house,

A cold old house by the sea.

If I were a mouse in that cold old house,

What a cold, cold mouse I’d be!

 


 

 

The little winds they whisper 🔊

 

 


Every one loves a secret – just ask the flowers and the grass.

Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

1.& 2. Show small with finger and thumb, put finger to lips Move forefinger. 3. & 4. Put hand to side of mouth, Make flower round face, wiggle fingers for grass. 5. & 6. Make big up and down movements with hand. 7. & 8. Hand to mouth, throw hand up and shout!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The little winds they whisper,

They whisper as they pass;

They tell their tiny secrets

To the flowers and the grass.

The big winds go a-buffeting

And a-blustering about,

The little winds whisper,

The big winds SHOUT!


 

 

 

 

The mitten song O

 

 


This rhyme for winter was written by Marie Allen Howarth circa 1957 and published in a ‘Pocketful of poems’.

 

1. Both thumbs up 2. Fingers together as in mittens with thumbs up 3.Wave mittens back and forth 4. Hold arms and shiver 5. Shrug shoulders 6. Stroke hands 7. Show proudly 8. Continue as before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


“Thumbs in the thumb place,

Both thumbs up

Fingers all together!”

Fingers together as in mittens with thumbs up

This is the song,

We sing in mitten weather.

Wave mittens back and forth

When it's cold, hold arms and shiver

It doesn't matter whether, shrug shoulders

Mittens are wool, stroke hands

Or made of finest leather. show proudly

This is the song,

We sing in mitten weather:

“Thumbs in the thumb place,

Fingers all together!”


 

 

 

The north wind doth blow O

 

Winter is a on its way and the cold winds begin to blow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The north wind doth blow,

And we shall have snow,

And what will the robin do then, poor thing?

He’ll sit in the barn and keep himself warm,

And hide his head under his wing, poor thing!

 

The north wind doth blow,

And we shall have snow,

And what will the dormouse do then, poor thing?

Rolled up like a ball,

In a nest snug and small,

He’ll sleep till warm weather comes in, poor thing!

 

The north wind doth blow,

And we shall have snow,

And what will the children do then, poor things?

When lessons are done,

They must skip, jump and run,

Until they have made themselves warm, poor things!


 

 

The rainbow fairies  🔊

 

 


Based on the poem The Rainbow Fairies by L M Hadley. Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Two little clouds, one summer's day,

Went flying through the sky;

They went so fast they bumped their heads,

And both began to cry.

 

Old Father Sun looked out and said:

"Oh, never mind, my dears,

I'll send my little fairy folk

To dry your falling tears."

 

One fairy came in violet,

And one wore indigo;

In blue, green, yellow, orange and red,

They made a pretty row.

 

They wiped the cloud-tears all away,

And then from out the sky,

Upon a line of sunbeams made,

They hung their gowns to dry.

 


 

 

The warm South Wind 🔊

 

 


Summer fades into Autumn and before you know it cold Winter creeps in and it’s time for a change of clothes.

Mime putting on suitable clothing for cold outdoor play.

Adaptation and music by Dany Rosevear.

 

Hand moves like a gentle wave, place both hands on cheek. Mime putting on different bits of clothing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The warm south wind is taking a nap,

Zip up your coat and put on your hat;

Put your on warm boots and warm winter clothes;

Long scarves and woollens wherever you go,

Put on your gloves to protect your fingers.

Now Mr. North Wind's cold won't linger.


 

 

 

The water cycle  🔊

 

 


Words and music by Dany Rosevear.

An action song for the very young (leave the second verse for the older ones).

Playing and singing will help the children understand how rain is formed and changes.

 

1. Fingers move downwards, all around, on head and the ground. 2. Place seed on palm of hand, open and close forefingers for beak. Cup hands to catch water. 3. Fingers run forward, hands move like river and then more vigorously like little waves. 4. Rub upper arms, make sun shape. Fingers wiggle and rise. 5. Rise higher, form clouds above head. 6. Reach hands up, make mountain. Look upwards. 7. As before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


It’s raining, raining, raining,

It’s falling all around,

It’s raining on my head,

And it’s raining on the ground.

 

Seedlings, saplings, little birds,

Each living thing nearby,

Will catch the cool, clean water

Falling freely from the sky.

 

Running, running, running,

It runs off merrily,

Down the streams and rivers,

Then rushing out to sea.

 

Warming, warming, warming.

The sun shines on the sea,

Evaporates the water,

To rise up silently.

 

Rising, rising, rising,

Up, up in the air,

Those tiny drops of water,

Form the clouds we see up there.

 

Floating, floating, floating,

Way over mountains high,

Over towns and cities,

The clouds go passing by!

 

It’s raining, raining, raining,

It’s falling all around,

It’s raining on my head,

And it’s raining on the ground.


 

 

The weather witch O

 

A song for sailors.

I found this song in BBC Radio for schools Time and Tune: Spring term 1966. Cannot find out much more about it though it can supposedly be sung as a round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


‘Blow wind, blow wind!’ cried three men together;

‘Nay, nay, nay wind,’ sang the Witch of Weather.

In their cobble sat those sailors three-o;

Till the wind blows, they’ll not go to sea-oh.


 

 

The wind blew East  🔊

 

 


A traditional sea song from the Bahamas.

A rhythmical song of opposites; East and West, fast and slow, high and low, night and day.

It can be a very adaptable song for the seasons: Autumn: Fall leaves, tumbleweed; Halloween: ghosts, witches; Winter: snowflakes, hail and sleet; Spring: little birds, showers; Summer: thunderclouds, sunshine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Oh, the wind blew east, Whooooh!

Oh, the wind blew west, Whooooh!

Oh, the wind blew ‘The Sunshine’

Right down to town,

Oh, the wind blew ‘The Sunshine’

Right down to town.

Oh, the wind blew ‘The Sunshine’

Right down to town,

 

Oh, the wind blew east, Whooooh!

Oh, the wind blew west, Whooooh!

Oh, the wind blew ‘The Starlight’

Right down to town,

Oh, the wind blew ‘The Starlight’

Right down to town.

Oh, the wind blew ‘The Starlight’

Right down to town.


 

 

Walking weather 🔊

 

 


Put one leg in front of the other whatever the weather.

Move in different ways. A rhyme from 'Materials for Nursery School Teachers' Michigan Council of Cooperative Nurseries. Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


When it rains, I walk along,

I splash through puddles and whistle a song.

When the snow falls on the ground,

I like the way my snow boots sound.

On summer days in the noonday heat,

I walk along with lazy feet.

On windy days I think it's fun

To take a deep breath and run, run, run, run, run, run, run,

Run, run, run, run, run, run, run.

 


 

 

 

What the birds say O

 

 


Another song from ‘Infant Joy’; a popular collection of songs when I first began teaching in the 1960s. There are no acknowledgements in the book to recognise the provenance of this song and at present (2015) it is nowhere to be found on the internet, hence the need to get it out there!

Do let me know if you have more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The ducks swim around when it’s raining all the day.

They swim and they swim but all that they say

Is, “Quack, quack, quack, quack, oh, isn’t it fun,

Quack, quack, quack, quack, rain is better than sun.

 

The blackbird he sits on the top of the tree,

He says all you people just listen to me:

“Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! This is a fine song:

Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! Not a moment too long.”

 

The cuckoo is heard when the year is at Spring,

But only two notes is he able to sing,

“Cuckoo! Cuckoo! I’m here till July,

Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Then away I fly.”

 

The cock in the farmyard cries, “Cock-a-doodle-doo!”

I wish you good morning, good morning to you,

Doodle-doo, doodle-doo, I’ll wake you at dawn

Doodle-doo, doodle-doo, I’m the head of the farm.


 

 

When the rain is falling down 🔊

 

 


Get out and about whatever the weather.

A song from ABC’s Playschool. Last two verses written by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


When the rain is falling down,

Falling down, falling down,

Up will go my big umbrella,

When the rain is falling down.

 

When the snow comes floating down,

Floating down, floating down,

Up will go a big fat snowman,

When the snow comes floating down.

 

When the sun comes out to play,

Out to play, out to play,

Coats and scarves and gloves go flying,

When the sun comes out to play.


 

 

Wind, wind, blowing 🔊

 

 


A lovely gentle song for the lantern walk.

Words by P. Dehmel and music by G. Wolters.

 

This song is suited to hand movements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wind, wind, blowing,

The moon, it is not showing;

The moon has gone away so far

To catch a little shooting star.

Wind, wind, blowing,

The moon, it is not showing.

 

Stars, stars, glimmer,

The moon is just a shimmer.

She has a sickle in her hand

To cut the grass in heaven’s land.

Stars, stars, glimmer,

The moon is just a shimmer.

 

Moon, brighter growing,

Your lovely rays now throwing.

They’re of the finest silver sand

You sow them over sea and land.

Moon, brighter growing,

Your lovely rays now throwing.

 

Moon, shine brighter,

Our lanterns are still lighter.

They light our pathway through the night

With lovely warm and glowing light.

Moon, shine brighter,

Our lanterns are still lighter.


 


 

 

Windy weather O

 

 


The outside play area this would be a great place to play this game if the leaves have fallen.

 

Verse 1: Swirl up and down individually in and out of each other. Verse 2: Find a partner, hold hands facing and bob up and down. Verse 3: Come together in a ring and move to the centre with hands raised.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Windy weather, windy weather,

When the wind blows,

The leaves swirl round together.

 

Windy weather, windy weather,

When the wind blows,

The boats all bob together.

 

Windy weather, windy weather,

When the wind blows,

We’ll all come together.

 


 

 

Who has seen the wind? O

 

A poem by Christina Rossetti.

 

Move fingers like the leaves moving on the trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I nor you;

But when the leaves hang trembling,

The wind is passing through,

The wind is passing through.

 

Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I;

But when the trees bow down their heads,

The wind is passing by,

The wind is passing by.

 

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