5 ideas for rainy day play
Set up camp. If you have a decent outdoor tent, set it up outside, preferably before the rain starts. Then you will have the perfect shelter to ride out the storm while listening to the soothing sounds of rain all around you. Alternate options: Set the tent up in the living room or simply build a living room fort to wait out the weather.
Make a mud pie. I know, I know. The last thing you want to do today is send your kids out in the rainy to squish in the mud. But the amount of joy they will get out of this project — particularly if you join them — is immeasurable. Trust me on this one. It may seem like just a giant mess to you, but to your kids it is math, science, art, and fun — all rolled into one. So throw on some old clothes and give yourself and your kids permission to get downright filthy. Be sure to follow this activity up with a nice long soak in the tub!
Build a rain collector. Use toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, spare pieces of PVC pipe, funnels, and anything else you can think of to collect water from a backyard tree or building into a bucket. Challenge kids to see who can get the most water into their bucket or ask them to estimate how long it will take for their buckets to fill.
Go for a walk. It may sound like an odd idea to go for a walk on a rainy day, but there are actually lots of cool things to look at in the rain, things that you wouldn't be able to see on a boring old sunny day. Look for worms, rainbows, puddles, muddy footprint, and animal shelters. Watch how the rain pours off of leaves and petals. Look to see which animals are out and about and which ones are taking cover. Smell the rain. Splash in a puddle. And feel the rain on your fingers.
Rain painting: Housing a Forest
Tent: Jay Gooby/Flickr
Mud Pie: Let The Children Play
Rain drop: ZoofyThJi/sxc.hu
Rain boots: Phil Roeder/Flickr
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