Rain, Rain… you don’t need to go away!

Many of us stay indoors when it’s raining, but as you’ll see, there are plenty of activities to do out in the rain.

If you are wondering what to do on a rainy day or how to play in the rain, children from toddlers to preschoolers and kindergarteners to teens love to get outside to explore the wet earth, jump in puddles, and play in the mud.

Here’re some of the activities you could enjoy yourself, and also with your family.

 Go on a rain hike.

Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you can’t go on a hike! Put on your rain boots and your rain jacket and pick a flat, easy trail you won’t be slipping up and down (unless that sounds like fun to you!). In the rain you’ll get to experience sounds and smells of nature that aren’t around on a normal sunny day.

Make mud angels. 

Yep, I said it. Get really, really dirty and make mud angels in the sopping, wet dirt.

Play with your feet.

Most of us have jumped in some puddles in our lifetime. If not, take this opportunity to do it! If you’re feeling earthy, take off your shoes and walk in the grass to let the mud squish between your toes. That’s such a cool feeling that you don’t get to experience every day!

Sing and dance in the rain

Who doesn’t love singing in the rain?

Get outside to sing and dance in the rain.  “I’m singing in the rain, I’m singing in the rain! What a glorious feeling I’m happy again!”

Practice mindfulness.

For this one you’ll need to find a place where you can sit quietly and listen to the rain. It works best when you’re away from major roads and things that can distract you. Have a seat and close your eyes. Focus on what you’re sensing. What do you smell? What does the rain feel like on your face? What different noises does the rain make when it falls on trees, the ground, a roof, your jacket? Take a moment to slow down, take in nature, and appreciate this weather.

Search for rainbows

The best time to search for a rainbow is just after it rains. Can’t find any? Make your own! 

Catch raindrops on your tongue

Sometimes the simple pleasures are the best. Invite children to catch raindrops on their tongues for this fun rainy day activity. I’ve never met any kids playing in the rain who haven’t loved trying to catch raindrops on their tongue! And, while they are at it–ask children to count how many raindrops they catch.

Help out some wormies.

After the rain has passed, you’ll see many earthworms all around on the pavement. Get some friends together to go on a worm rescue walk, quickly handling the worms and returning them to the soil.

Go for a wet walk in the bush. 

The bush changes when it rains, the greens are more vibrant and everything looks so much prettier. 

Bring out a waterproof camera. 

Imagine the beautiful images you would get in the wet! Cameras are just another way to help a child connect with the world around them.

For all of these activities, remember to have extra clothes and a towel ready for you as soon as you get into your house or back to your car so that you can get warm and dry quickly. And always go inside immediately if you hear thunder. These activities are fun in the rain, not in storms. Have fun, and enjoy your time in this rainy summer weather!



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