It was a dark and gloomy day. No, really. The skies were filled with clouds, the air cool, and the sounds of the rain hitting the windows of our home was musical. I considered finding a show or movie for the girls to watch on Netflix while I did some house cleaning, but, instead, I chose to do something I had never allowed the girls to do.
Rain, rain we want to play!
When it comes to playing outside and getting dirty, I am usually the parent who is uptight and would my kids find an alternative way to play. This day, I said, “What the heck!? Let’s learn how to have fun on a rainy day!”, grabbed the girls’ play shoes, opened the garage door and said “Run out there!”. The girls were running in the rain and yelled with excitement every time a raindrop hit their skin. Their dream is to splash in the largest puddle ever and I often have to tug them away from the ones they spot when we are out and about after a rainfall, otherwise, they would almost dive in them! Had I known playing in the rain would make them feel like they were having the time of their life, I would have allowed them the opportunity sooner.
What Is It?
I like to turn as many moments of the day as possible into learning time. Once we dried off and and the girls caught their breath, we started discussing what rain is and its origin. We looked at a couple pictures of clouds and I gave my best answers to their questions, but in the end, I leaned on a tool that has never steered me wrong.
Videos that Helped
When in doubt of how something works, look it up! My girls love to watch videos, so I love to find educational and kid-friendly YouTube videos . We used two videos, to help facilitate some fun and a lesson about rain. The second video is one of our favorites and I have used it for learning time for over a year to teach the girls about the weather.
Where Does Rain Come From?–Cine Kids
How’s The Weather?–Super Simple Songs
After running around in the rain and learning a bit about it, it was craft time!
Rainy Day Craft
Supplies We Used
Small Cup of Water
Printer Paper (legal size, but 8.5 X 11 size works just fine)
What We Did
We took our everyday household supplies and created a rainy day scene. We took our cupcake wrappers and folded them in half and glued them to the paper. What is an umbrella without a handle? I drew umbrella handles and then left the rest of the craft up to the girls. With the cotton balls the girls created a sky similar to the one we had that day. With the q-tips and paint, they finished their craft by adding raindrops.
Our afternoon of fun and learning was all created on a whim. What could have been a day to stay inside and possibly go looney with all the energy we had stored up, we decided to have sporadic fun and make the best of the gloomy day. Rain, rain we loved our play! We learned exactly how to have fun on a rainy day.
What is your favorite thing to do with your time (and with kids) on a rainy day?