11 ideas to turn a little rain into a whole lot of fun

girl playing in rainMost of us are familiar with the research that children do not get enough daily physical activity. It’s easy to take your child outside for some physical activity on a sunny day, but it requires creativity when the weather isn’t so great. Consider how a quick downpour can transform your yard. Playing in or right after the rain can be physical activity and even a learning experience for kids.

11 ideas to turn a little rain into a whole lot of fun

  1. boy playing in the rainMake mud pies and even mud kitchens
  2. Sing and dance in the rain
  3. Search for rainbows
  4. Build a dam
  5. Jump in and over puddles
  6. Look for snails, earthworms and frogs
  7. Toss rocks into puddles
  8. Draw with wet chalk (the color is more vibrant)
  9. Fill different sized containers with rainwater (estimate which will fill first)
  10. Make a boat and see if it floats
  11. Catch raindrops on your tongue

Early childhood development

gril jumping in puddleOutdoor play in all types of weather can be beneficial to a child’s development. Being outside naturally encourages children to be physically active. Playing in the rain involves gross motor skills like running and jumping, but it also improves balance and coordination.

Playing in the rain exposes young children to a multi-sensory learning experiences. Outdoor play in the rain also encourages science concepts, enhances creativity and increases independence. Young children tend to engage their imaginations when playing outside too.

Safety considerations

There are a few precautions to be aware of as your child and you play in the rain. First check the forecast. Stay indoors if there is stormy weather with high winds, thunder and lightning or if stormy weather is on the way. Be mindful of how long you spend outside in wet clothes. Make sure you dry off and warm up after playing in the rain. Curling up with a good book and a soft fuzzy blanket is a good finale to your outdoor adventure. Finally, provide supervision anytime your child is around water.

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As the Early Childhood Learning Coordinator, Sherry is focused on engaging young children and their families in play-based early learning experiences. The Learn & Play Bus and its service are at the heart of her work. Sherry has a background in early childhood education.