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.
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. 🙁