Living in the UK, there’s no escaping the rain – even during the summer!
But does that mean we need to stay cooped up indoors? NO! Unless it is torrential or in some way dangerous, there is no reason that we can’t go out to play. Here are some simple play ideas for a rainy day:
Take a leaf from Peppa Pig’s book and jump in those muddle puddles. After getting nice and soggy, try stomping on some large paper to see the footprint patterns. Don’t forget wellies and wet suits!
Rain water can used to make some exciting potions – add leaves, petals, mud, grass, anything else that can be found in the garden. This activity can be great for learning about measurement – using measuring jugs, containers and funnels to scoop and pour the liquid; counting – how many leaves/ petals shall we add?; and motor skills – as the children chop up the ingredients and use a spoon to mix them all together.
Listening to sounds:
There’s something soothing about the sound of rain falling. Why not find a quiet spot and encourage the children to listen? In our busy lives, it’s an important skill to be able to take time to be quiet.
On the other hand, children love to be noisy! Baking trays and metal pots and pans outside can make a brilliant sound as the rain hits them.
Ask the children to decide which containers they think will catch the rain. Will a cardboard box work? Why? Teach the children about volume by using different sizes and shapes of containers. It might also be interesting to put the containers in different places (under a tree, on top of the shed roof…) to find out if one place collects more water than another.
Playground chalk looks great on a wet surface! Another way to create art is to use powder-paint and allow the raindrops to mix.
Are there any places in the garden that have stayed dry? Maybe we can build a dry den? What materials should we use? Den building can develop lots of important skills such as team-work, and problem solving.
Are those bikes looking a bit muddy? Use the rain as an opportunity to get out the sponges and cloths, and make your own bike-wash!
Make some ripples:
Allow the children to see how the rain drops create ripples in the puddles and then explore making your own – using pebbles. What happens when we throw a big/ small pebble? Can we throw more than one at a time? What shapes and patterns can we see?
Small world play:
Bring out some toy cars and trucks/ plastic animals/ dolls and let the children enjoy some imaginative play.
As you can see, there are loads of way to have fun outside in the rain! If you have any more ideas, share them in the comments or tweet to me @EarlyYearsIdeas!
Have a great week!