Finally, rain! I hope you're all enjoying the rain just as much as we are. One of the down sides, however, is that we feel like we must keep our kids indoors as it rains. Luckily, it is not too cold (ok remember I am from the mid-west where this is still not jacket weather), and with the right kind of rain gear you can still have fun outside. Hopefully, there is more rain to come over the next couple of months. Here are some simple but still very fun activities to do this rainy season:
1. Rain Painting
There are many methods and tools that you can use to have the rain help you with making masterpieces. You can use powdered tempera paint, food coloring or even just crushed up chalk. Place some powdered paint on a piece of paper and place it outdoors, simple as that. Watch from your window how the rain drops activate the paint and add to the design your child already made!
2. Brighten Up Your Chalk
Sidewalk chalk is something most of us parents already have in our house and surprisingly some of the best times to use it are when your sidewalk is wet. Getting the chalk wet brings the colors to life making them brighter than ever!
3. Looking for some Bugs and Critters
This is a great time to go look for some critters in your own backyard. Because of the rain, we found a cute little salamander up in the Kidspace Gardens. Many bugs are coming to the surface to keep from drowning underground. Or the bugs are hiding under rocks and leaves to protect themselves from the rain. Put on your rain gear, which is fun all by itself, and go on a nature stroll in the rain. Watch out for those earthworms though! It is not uncommon to find them on the sidewalks during the rain!
4. Collect Water for your Garden
If you haven’t heard all the buzz about saving water due to the drought, you too must have been hiding under a rock. The rainy season is a great time to build a rain barrel to not let all the water go to waste. They are fairly simple to make, and if you go over to Pinterest it will give you plenty of ideas for any garden!
5. Puddle Sink or Float
Sink or Float is one of the most popular games we have here at Kidspace. Typically it means breaking out the kiddy pools, but you can take advantage of all these puddles to have your kids hypothesize if something will sink or float, and then test it!
6. Magic Puddles
Speaking of puddles, add a little paint and glitter to a puddle and you have a magical pretty puddle to splash in. Yes, it is simple, but what kid (or adult) doesn’t want to splash is a big pink puddle?
7. Mud Pies
Sadly, all good rain must come to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun they found is over just yet. Our yards will most likely stay nice and wet for the next couple of days- And nice and muddy! Pull out some of your pots and pans you typically don’t use and let your child bake you a mud cake, pie or mud lasagna!
I say embrace the rain as long as it is safe. Come to Kidspace to learn about rain and the rest of the water cycle during Kidspace Snow Days with our Snow in LA show at 11:30am and 3:00pm from December 26th through 30th, so make sure you stop by and say hi!
Samantha Mendoza, Outdoor Education Specialist, has been with Kidspace since 2011. Her previous experience includes teaching at the Los Angeles Zoo and St. Louis Zoo.