It’s been a very wet winter this year. Rather than stay inside and suffer cabin fever, there is lots of fun to be had, donning the boots, waterproof clothes and heading out into the rain.  Below is a collection of the blog posts and other ideas for rainy day activities.

Rain

1) Play in the puddles

The Puddle Play Investigations blog post has lots of ideas for exploring puddles at all ages. Integrate them into your science work around water.

 

2) Shelter from the rain

Where can we find shelter from rain? Look for places outside – is it drier or wetter under a bush or a tree than in the open? What is the driest walk you can take on a wet day?

 

3) Bring out the tarps

Tarps and wet weather go together like bread and cheese. Transparent tarp  allows children to observe the movement of water in different ways. Other tarp can be used to make splash pools and wet alternatives to parachute games.

 

4) Raindrop Races

Follow a raindrop down a window. What happens to it? Have a raindrop race with a friend. Pick a raindrop at the top of the window and see which one makes it to the bottom the first. Have a look at how raindrops move over a tarp and see whether the different material affects the formation of droplets running down it.

 

5) Channel the flow of water

The wet weather is ideal for creating water walls of different sorts and complexities, depending on the age of the children and the particular design challenge in mind. Guttering is also useful for channelling water horizontally as well as vertically. Use Skitch and other photo apps to help children explain their designs to others.

 

6) Rain Dancers

Chose a wet day. Dress up in waterproof clothing. Grab an umbrella and get those rain dance routines perfected. Remember puddles make great wet stages for a good rain stomp. Try and tap dance in time to the rhythm of the raindrops. Find out more about gumboot dancing.

 

7) Use your tongue

How many raindrops can you catch on your tongue? How many do we catch all together and how can we find this out?

 

8) The Sound of Rain

Experiment with the variety of sounds that rain can make by putting different sorts of bowls on top of your head and listen to the raindrops landing . Which bowls make the loudest and softest sound? Compare this to the sound of a rainstick? Think about whether all rain sounds the same.

 

9) Rain patterns

Look for patterns in the rain. Rainy days rubbings using tin foil allow an alternative way of exploring texture and pattern outside. What patterns does rain create? Can you see any evidence after it has stopped raining?

 

10) Where does rain go?

After finding out about rain, the water cycle, etc. go and see where rain collects and what happens to it. Look at guttering, drains, water streaming along the side of a pavement, soaking into grass, etc.

 

11) Other rainy day challenges

  • Where and how can you make the biggest splash outside?
  • Build a waterproof den only using natural materials – no tarp or shower sheets allowed!
  • Make a puddle when it rains? Can you do a better job than nature?
  • Find out where animals go when it rains.
  • Fake crying. Add some raindrops to your cheek and look sad. 🙁
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Mary @over40andamumtoone February 1, 2014 at 14:34

Some great ideas there #CountryKids

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Charlotte February 1, 2014 at 15:46

Fantastic post as always, will definitely be trying some of these 🙂 x

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Coombemill - Fiona February 1, 2014 at 16:23

Lots of ideas to inspire outdoor fun during the wet spell we are having. Thanks for linking up and sharing your ideas with Country Kids.

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Jaime Oliver February 1, 2014 at 16:53

Some super ideas 🙂

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Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault February 1, 2014 at 20:17

What a fantastic list – I have bookmarked them for future reference! Now I am just hoping that February is dry and it’ll be a while before we need this list!

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Karen Bell February 3, 2014 at 16:08

Lots of good ideas. 🙂

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Jess @ Catch A Single Thought February 5, 2014 at 19:30

These are all great ideas. It can be so tempting to stay inside when the weather is bad but I’m feeling the challenge to do some of these instead! #countrykids

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Kierna February 9, 2014 at 11:35

Great ideas & made me get the clear tarp out this week! Thanks for supporting the OPP too.

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Leila - Mud Mud Marvellous Mud February 11, 2014 at 19:21

Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful ideas at the Outdoor Play Party. They are fab! 🙂

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Jen February 12, 2014 at 19:50

What a great collection of ideas. Thanks for linking to the Outdoor Play Party

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Nic February 14, 2014 at 18:41

Several good ideas listed here. People often see the rain and choose to let the weather end their plans, but you have offered a variety of fun activities to consider. Make sure you have a good pair of muck boats and waterproof clothing and go have yourself a blast!

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Caryl Anne April 15, 2014 at 21:28

These ideas sound fantastic! Rainy days can be a ton of fun outside as long as the right clothing and boots are in place. So, make the most of it by going outside and making some memories!

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