Here comes the rain again
Updated: Feb 26, 2020
I have to say that today has been pretty yukky weather wise. Not only is it tipping it down with rain but we are experiencing gale force winds which hasn’t made going out very pleasurable!
However, I have been out in it today. Little ‘J’ who I was looking after was snug in his pushchair and protected by the rain cover and I have a fab waterproof coat and boots so we walked the mile to music group. I’m pleased I did as it really made me feel good for having a walk. It also enabled me to spy on Leo in the garden of his nursery. It was lovely watching him and his friends play and despite the weather they were all having a great time!
This then got me thinking about how many parents and carers don’t encourage their children to play in the rain and so I thought I would share with you some tips and benefits of doing so.
Firstly, during the winter months particularly, a good set of waterproofs is a very good idea. Wet clothes stuck to your child at this time of year is not very nice and will make them cold.
You can pick up waterproofs very cheaply off selling sites and they are easily available from outdoor shops and even in the clothing sections of supermarkets.
Secondly, invest in wellies!
So, what are the benefits of playing out in the rain?
1) IT’S FUN!! What child doesn’t like splashing in puddles?!
2) It gets children outside. Obvious I know but the amount of children, particularly in the winter months, who don’t even get out for a walk is actually more than you would think.
3) It connects children with nature. Today Leo and I had a lovely chat about worms after he noticed several coming up through the grass because of all the rain.
4) It’s great for building a child’s gross motor skills. Jumping in puddles, running about, using buckets to pour, digging in the wet soil are all fab for helping to strengthen those big muscles and just trying to keep balanced walking through mud will really help too!
5) It provides a different sensory experience. Lots of new smells, sights, sounds and touches to explore. Leo particularly likes to catch the raindrops on his tongue as demonstrated in the school playground when picking up his big sister this afternoon!
The other week after Ella and Leo had enough of running down our garden path and jumping off the top step into a huge puddle, I gave them some chalk and told them to be creative!
They soon realised that the chalk getting wet created a paint and they got to work putting their painted handprints all over the back door! A fun science activity right there!
Making mud pies or searching for rain loving animals like frogs or slugs and snails are always fun as is getting the children to paint with mud.
All play is learning though so however you choose to play in the rain you will be having a positive impact on your child’s development, so go get those wellies on!