Rain Rain go Away

Nursery Rhyme & History

History of “Rain rain go away”


The origin of the lyrics to “Rain rain go away”  are said to date back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603), one of the English Tudor monarchs. During this period of English history there was constant rivalry between Spain and England culminating in the launch of the Spanish Armada in 1588. The Spanish Armada consisted of many Spanish galleons and was sent to invade England.  The Armada was led by Duke of Medina Sedonia and the the fleet numbered over 130 ships. The English fleet, under Admiral Lord Howard, totalled 34 small Navy vessels and 163 armed merchant ships.

But the great Spanish Armada was defeated. Only 65 Spanish galleons and just 10,000 men returned to Spain. The attempt failed, not only because of the swift nature of the smaller English ships but also by the stormy weather which scattered the Armada fleet. Hence the origin of the “Rain rain goes away” Nursery rhyme!

Lyrics and actions:

Rain Rain Family Cards

Rain, Rain. (Move your fingers down like falling rain.)
Go away. (Push your hands out, as if you were pushing the rain away.)
Come again another day. (Make a “come here” motion with your hands.)
DADDY wants to play. (Hold up your hand showing all five fingers and point to your thumb.)
Rain, rain, go away. (Move your fingers down and then push away the rain.)

Rain, Rain.
Go away.
Come again another day.
MOMMY wants to play. (Hold up your hand showing all five fingers and point to your index finger.)
Rain, rain, go away.

Rain, Rain.
Go away.
Come again another day.
BROTHER wants to play. (Hold up your hand showing all five fingers and point to your middle finger.)
Rain, rain, go away.

Rain, Rain.
Go away.
Come again another day.
SISTER wants to play. (Hold up your hand showing all five fingers and point to your ring finger.)
Rain, rain, go away.

Rain, Rain.
Go away.
Come again another day.
BABY wants to play. (Hold up your hand showing all five fingers and point to your pinky finger.)
Rain, rain, go away.

Rain, Rain.
Go away.
Come again another day.
ALL THE FAMILY wants to play. (Hold up your hand and wiggle all five fingers.)
Rain, rain, go away.

Language Focus: Rain, family members (daddy, mommy, brother, sister, baby)

Classroom Benefits
: Fun fingerplay, great for singing on rainy days

 

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