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By Tracey Godridgewriter with National School Grounds Charity Learning through Landscapes

Save these inspiring activities for a rainy day

Wet weather play

Keep a supply of rainy-day clothes readily available so that adults and children can go out whatever the weather. A sudden downpour is an exciting opportunity to build a shelter, stand under umbrellas, stamp in puddles or collect rainwater in containers for a measuring activity.

Encourage independence by organising your transition area well, teaching the children how to put on their coats and wellingtons, and how to keep them organised on pegs and in baskets. Create a photographic display at child height to prompt the children to consider what extra clothes they need. Provide a non-slip mat to reduce mud and grass being brought indoors.

Help the children to learn about how precious water is and how important it is not to waste water.

child playing in the rain

Suggested resources

Waterproof clothing; wellingtons; umbrellas; hats; pop-up tents; plastic sheeting; selection of materials that sink or float; guttering and downpipes (available from builders’ yards or DIY stores); washing-up liquid and food colouring to create colourful ‘bubble puddles’; decorator’s brushes; paint rollers; different-shaped containers for collecting and measuring rainfall; unbreakable mirror to watch the raindrops land on; story books and nursery rhymes about rain to share under a big umbrella or in a tent while it is raining.

Pitter, patter raindrops

Listen to rainy-day sounds

Communication, Language and Literacy

Language for Communication

Development matters: build up vocabulary that reflects the breadth of their experience (30-50 months); use vocabulary and forms of speech that are increasingly influenced by their experience of books (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: extend their vocabulary, exploring the meanings and sounds of new words.

What you need

Group size: three or four children.

Rhyme or story about the rain such as Splosh! by Mick Inkpen (Hodder) or The Drop Goes Plop – A First Look at the Water Cycle by Sam Godwin and Simone Abel (Little Bees, Hodder); waterproof clothing; wellingtons; large umbrella; large sheets of tin foil; tin containers.

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