10 things to do on a rainy day

As Autumn approaches and the rainy days start to outnumber the sunny ones, don’t despair! You don’t have to be stuck indoors all day, going stir crazy; get out in the rain and have some fun.
Here are 10 things you can do on a rainy day

1. Jump in some puddles

Dig out those wellies and go and find some puddles to jump in. Not just your little one but you too – it’s very liberating. Who can make the biggest splash?
Or go out in bare feet and feel the wet grass on your skin.

2. Make drawings with washable paints and put them out in the rain

Make some spots of paint on paper then put it out in the rain to see what happens to it. You could be creating the next million pound work of art!

3. Fill some pots and pans

Grab some pots, pans and containers from the kitchen and put them out in the rain. Which ones will fill first? Turn them upside down and make them into musical instruments. The harder the rain, the louder the sound.

4. Listen, feel and taste the rain

Go outside and use all your senses to describe the rain. Can you taste the raindrops on your tongue. What does the rain sound like when it’s hard and soft? Does the air smell different?

5. Search for animals that love the rain

Which animals like the rain? Go and find snails, slugs, worms, frogs and ducks!

6. Go for a walk in the woods

Walking under the cover of trees will change the way you experience the rain. Listen to the rain dripping through the leaves, everything will look greener and the air will smell fresher.

7. Collect rain in a bucket and make a boat from leaves and twigs

Collect some leaves and twigs and see if you can make a ship to float in a puddle. With a little imagination, you can create different kinds of boats
There’s a great blog on the Woodland Trust website about how to do it

8. Take your bath toys out to play with in the rain

They’ll be just as much fun in a puddle as in a bath!

9. Make mud pies

You don’t have to save your bucket and spades for the beach. Throw caution to the wind and get all muddy, to make mud-castles. If you don’t have a bucket and spade though, use cake tins and make mud pies instead.

10. Have a raindrop race

Rainy window pane

If you really can’t stand to be out in the rain, stay inside and have a raindrop race instead. Decide the start and finish line on a window pane and then pick a raindrop each to pit against each other.

One quick word of caution – do make sure you dress appropriately for going out in the rain, so that you and your little ones don’t get too cold.

So there you have it – 10 things to do on a rainy day. The joy of being outside and getting wet, is coming indoors and having a warm bath and a mug of hot chocolate after.