You can stay inside, but why would you? It is fun to be outside and feel you are part of the natural elements.
The same thing you do with a water table inside is what you can do in a puddle.
This is also a great way to learn about the rain, what happens when it rains? Children love it too.
Just wear the right clothes and you are set. Some of the activities you can do outside during rainy days are.
The rainy world is your ocean
When it is rainy or after a rain, use the puddles as ponds and rivers.
Make sailboats out of pieces of wood and leaves or fold pieces of paper into a boat. ( how to fold a boat)
Let them free play with the boats and explore. Maybe they can use a stick to steer the boat. Children learn about cause and effect and it is also full of opportunities to learn about the natural sciences.
Change the landscape
Use buckets and spades to help divert the “river” into other puddles. It might sound strange for us as adults, but every
child we have done this with loves this play. (They are experiencing one of their favorite games; what happens when I do this?)
This isn’t just a game for boys, as little girls like to do this as well. It also is a great example of how you can educate children about mathematics, physics and the world around them with outdoor play.
You probably did not know this, but in Germany they host puddle-jumping contest as a sport. Cover up with rain pants, rain jacket and rubber boots, invite some friends and find the biggest puddle and jump!
See who makes the biggest splash and who can jump in the most puddles.
Getting wet and dirty isn’t an issue if they are wearing the right outerwear.
Tip: Commercial fishermen put rubber bands on the cuffs of their rain pants that are over their rubber boot to keep the water out. When you are tired head in and make some hot chocolate.
Mud pies, just the name give me childhood memories, how I remember playing for mud forever.
When it is muddy we head out and find the closest mud puddle. We use some pie tins, sand toys.For decoration we use flowers, pebbles and sticks.
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