Fed up stuck inside when it’s raining? Are you looking for activities for children outside, when it’s raining? Here’s the Mykidstime & Puddleducks Top Ten Things to Do Outside in the Rain. So, pop on the wellies and the waterproofs and head outside for some rainy day fun!
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#1. Go on a Nature Hunt
Make it interesting by setting a challenge, for example – how many snails can you find in 10 minutes? Count the number of earthworms you come across. Look out for any interesting stones or leaves. And when you get back inside you can use the leaves and twigs to make a lovely nature collage.
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#2. Splash in Puddles
This is great fun for all ages, but ideal for pre-schoolers to let off a bit of steam as well as encouraging them to count by checking how many puddles they found to jump in.
Tip – just make sure their waterproof trousers or dungarees are outside their wellies to help keep feet dry!
#3. Head to a nearby Beach
Head to a nearby beach and build stone castles by piling up flat stones and see who can build the highest castle. Maybe try creating a sea monster in the sand – draw a huge outline of a face and body and decorate with stones and shells to make eyes and shirt buttons with seaweed for hair.
#4. Go Walking in the Woods
Use the trees as giant umbrellas. See if you can spot any birds or squirrels in the trees, or look under the trees for animal burrows and mushrooms. Remember to avoid picking mushrooms though unless you are an expert.
#5. Measure a Tree
Go out and measure a tree, and if there are any fallen down trees, guess their age and then count the numbers of rings to see if you are right.
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#6. Sing Songs about the Rain!
See how many songs about the rain that you can think of. Take it in turn to yodel or sing them out loud (e.g. “Singing in the Rain”, “Raindrops keep falling”) as you splash through the puddles.
#7. Ball Games
Take a ball out into the garden or the nearest park and have a game of “Soggy Soccer” or “Drizzly Donkey”. Sure to result in some slipping and sliding in the mud, which is always a winner with the kids!
#8. Arrow Trails
Find as many sticks as you can and take it in turns to make an arrow trail with the stick for everyone else to follow. Put in some loops to make the trail more interesting.
#9. Make a Tree House
Make a ground level ‘tree house’ in the woods. Find a big tree with a strong low branch then collect lots of broken branches and ferns. Lean the broken branches and ferns in layers across the branch to make a mini-house under the tree.
#10. Make some Mud Pies!
Make mud pies! Find a suitable spot in the garden where the kids can dig to their hearts content and using buckets and spades make some delicious mud pies.
Tip – get the hot water on for a warm bubble bath afterwards!
Have you any other ideas for entertaining the kids outside in the rain? Tell us in the comment box below!