July 16, 2015

Outdoor play for children provides an engaging environment that can be both physically and cognitively challenging. When you add water the possibilities for play-based learning and fun are endless. With the help of Wilder Child, we have put together a few ideas to get you started.

Make a splash
Go jump in a puddle! We like to dig our own holes and watch them fill up. And of course puddle jumping is the most fun when done barefoot.

Nature Walk
Any change in weather transforms the environment. Notice the beads of water pooling in the leaves and flowers. Notice what animals are out and which are hiding away. Is it windy? What direction is the rain coming down?

Puddle Floating
We love making sail boats, but it is even more fun when we take them outside on a rainy day and find some puddles to float them on. Check out how to make a seashell sail boat here

Listen to the sounds of rain
Spend a few minutes just listening to the sounds of the weather. Set out various objects (like metal, plastic and glass containers) to see how water droplets sound when they hit different surfaces.

Go on a safari
Wet weather brings out creatures you might not normally see, like worms and snails. It’s also fun to go searching for animals that are trying to seek shelter from the rain, like birds.

Document the Day
Give your young photographers disposable waterproof cameras so they can capture the weather. Spring showers provide a perfect opportunity to capture rare images of water droplets, colourful cloud formations, reflections in puddles, and beautiful rainbows.

Live outside the box at Watagan Park

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