1. Rain Painting
Sprinkle paper (heavier construction paper works best here) with powdered paint or drops of food colouring, and take it out in the rain.
2. Go on a worm hunt.
3. Pitch a pop up tent.
It is fun to feel cozy and sheltered, and to listen to the rain as it falls on the roof of the tent.
4. Create coloured rivers or ponds by dripping drops of paint dye or food colouring in puddles or small trickles that appear.
5. Paint with mud.
6. Go for a bush walk.
7. Take the trucks outside and play in the mud.
8. Draw on the cement with chalk.
If the area is sloped, you get the added fun of watching a rainbow of colors flow off downhill.
This one never gets old! Rocks, leaves, seed pods, twigs and other natural items can garnish the mud pies.
10. Go mud surfing!
If the preschools in Norway and Scotland can do it in their climate, then we can hardly let a little bit of rain stop us in Australia now can we?
What ways do you encourage play outdoors on rainy days?