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Nature play on a rainy day.

Author: Kriskamol Vutithum

As the summer coming to an end, we’re seeing lots of rainy days. Of course, the easiest thing to do is to snuggle up on a comfy sofa and watch Peppa Pig endlessly. But hey! there’s much more fun than that waiting for you outside!

Rainy day has always been my personal favourite. Encourage children to notice the smell, the calming sound it makes and how the sky changes the colour. These topics are not only great conversation starters but it also triggers children to be aware of their environment, how they are part of it and lead to a bigger conversation of what they can do to protect the nature.

We’ve gathered a list of interesting activities you could do together on a rainy day, in your garden or a nearby park! So get ready to grab your wellies and your waterproofs and go for a mini adventure in your own backyard!


1. Leaf and twig boats

Challenge your family to a raft race with your own handmade boats.

-  Collect some twigs roughly the same length.
-  Place them in a line and fasten them together with string or long grass.
-  Slot an upright stick into the base of your raft – this will be your mast.
-  Thread a leaf or two onto the stick to make your sails.

    When they're finished, try your rafts out on the nearest puddle or stream. For an extra challenge why not add some cargo? Load small pebbles, buts or berries onto them – do they still float or do they sink with the added weight?

    When you've finished, remember to take your string and any craft materials home with you to protect the natural environment.

    Stay safe. Always keep a close eye on children when you're near water.


    2. Rain art

    Gather some papers and water-soluble pencils which is the kind of pencil that would dissolve when in touch with water, any brand will do

    -  Encourage your kids to notice any shapes and colours they can see in the rain.
    -  Draw those shapes into a piece of paper
    -  Instead of using a brush dipped in water to spread the colors, as you would normally do, put it out in the rain, keep an eye on it and bring it back indoors when you think it’s “finished”.



    3. Stick house

    -  Look for fallen sticks, pods, leaves, flowers and petal
    -  Use a putty or a play dough to make a base by joining the sticks together in a square shape.
    -  Use 4 sticks on 4 corners to build a box
    -  Put a leaf on top of the house to make a shelter.
    -  Use a play dough as a pad to make the print on. These could be a pretend vegetable patch, flower garden.

    Hope you all have on a rainy day. See you in the next blog post.