Ten Rainy Day Activities

Rain Activities

At least for us in the northeast, April brings spring showers but that is no excuse to stay inside! Rainy weather offers a deluge of new experiences that are not to be missed (apologies to all you readers from dryer climates).

In order to get maximum enjoyment out of the weather, children should be dressed appropriately in rain gear and boots. Of course, use common sense, and don’t go out if there’s chance of lightning or severe weather. The following ten ideas will get you started. There’s no end to the possibilities—it just depends on how wet you’re willing to get!

1. Jump in Puddles:

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that produce the most fun! Every kid enjoys seeing how big a splash he can make. Go on a walk and see who can find the biggest puddle. Play follow the leader—go around, jump over, or wade through puddles.

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2. Become meteorologists:

Measure and chart the amount of rainfall. Simply put a plastic cup out in the rain or use a cut-off plastic bottle to make a rain gauge. Mark measurements on the side, and check it throughout the day.

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3. Experiment with Rain Art:

Sprinkle a heavy piece of paper with food color or powdered tempera paint, set it out in a light rain and watch the colors blend and run. This is real “water color” art! Try drawing on wet cement with sidewalk chalk for an effect that's very different from dry chalk.

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4. Make Rain Music:

Spend a few minutes just listening to the sounds of the rain. Then set out various objects and containers to see how water droplets sound when they hit different surfaces.

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5. Float boats:

Sticks, bark, and leaves all make great boats. Try floating them in a puddle or a fast flowing gutter.

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6. Feel the rain:

Try catching the rain in your hands, on your face, on your tongue. What does it feel like? What does it taste like? Try to engage all their five senses.

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7. Smell the rain:

Give the children time to absorb and enjoy the refreshing aroma of fresh spring rain hitting dry earth. There is even a word—and scientific research—to describe this distinct odor: petrichor.

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8. Play in the mud:

Rain plus dirt makes the world “mud-luscious” and quite irresistible if you are anywhere near four years old. Provide a few containers and you’ll be surprised what all gets cooked up in the mud kitchen.

Rain Activities

9. Go on a worm hunt:

As the soil gets too saturated, worms head to the surface. Kids love to “rescue” stranded worms by moving them off the sidewalk.

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10. Look for the rainbow:

If the sun comes out as the rain subsides, make sure you don’t miss the rainbow!

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  • Donna Massucci

    Thank you for all you do for our profession and families. I own a center with a staff of 21 team members. We read your tips.

  • CW

    I love these ideas. There are so many rainy days that are soft and gentle that we can take advantage of. However, in Oklahoma we also have the wonderful thunder and lightening storms. They can be frightening but I always keep thunder cakes on hand. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Kay

    Teaching kindergarten in Tucson, AZ, rain was a rare occurrence and a wonderful time to go outside and do almost all of the activities listed. We often made a book of our experiences out in the rain with drawings and texts - OUR RAIN BOOK. If the rain happened later in the year when we had more experiences with poetry, we would make up some poems about the rain. This was usually done in small groups. But our RAIN books were precious to us and read often.

  • Geneva White, PT

    These are wonderful ideas! Thank you for reminding us to "Put away the high tech", and allow the low tech, imaginative and creative energies to "reign"!!!

  • Laura Zeisler

    One rainy day it was great watching the snails moving on the sidewalk in the rain. We need to prepare ourselves and families to have the proper footwear and clothing so that we can spend time using all our senses and enjoy rain. Too often we stay inside on those rainy days, and comment how high energy our students are.

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  • Donna Massucci

    Thank you for all you do for our profession and families. I own a center with a staff of 21 team members. We read your tips.

  • CW

    I love these ideas. There are so many rainy days that are soft and gentle that we can take advantage of. However, in Oklahoma we also have the wonderful thunder and lightening storms. They can be frightening but I always keep thunder cakes on hand. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Kay

    Teaching kindergarten in Tucson, AZ, rain was a rare occurrence and a wonderful time to go outside and do almost all of the activities listed. We often made a book of our experiences out in the rain with drawings and texts - OUR RAIN BOOK. If the rain happened later in the year when we had more experiences with poetry, we would make up some poems about the rain. This was usually done in small groups. But our RAIN books were precious to us and read often.

  • Geneva White, PT

    These are wonderful ideas! Thank you for reminding us to "Put away the high tech", and allow the low tech, imaginative and creative energies to "reign"!!!

  • Laura Zeisler

    One rainy day it was great watching the snails moving on the sidewalk in the rain. We need to prepare ourselves and families to have the proper footwear and clothing so that we can spend time using all our senses and enjoy rain. Too often we stay inside on those rainy days, and comment how high energy our students are.

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