Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Five List: Rainy Day Edition

It's the first day of fall and the rain has been relentless all day.  I like the rain (when the temperatures are warm and it's not not the stinging, freezing kind), but as adults we sometimes lose the love many of us had for it as children.  When I picked up my son from daycare this afternoon, he reminded me how much fun the rain can be.  Here are my five ideas for enjoying the rain with kids!

1- Put on your rubber boots, throw on a raincoat and go jump in some puddles!  My son began jumping in a small puddle in on our driveway when I took him out of the car, and rather than try and quickly usher him into the house, I decided to join him.  My shoes are soaked, but my son's giggle fit when he saw me puddle jump was worth it.

2- Take some pictures.  Most children's cameras are waterproof, so get outside and take some pictures of raindrops on leaves, the clouds, puddles, or whatever else catches your eye.

3- As long as there's no risk of lightning, go for a walk.  No, I'm not crazy.  Rubber boots, raincoats and umbrellas offer plenty of protection against the rain, and kids love getting wet anyway.  A walk around the block, or a trek through a park or the woods allows kids to explore their world in a new way.

4- Bake up some gluten free goodies and watch the rain through the window.  My son loves to help me in the kitchen, and a rainy day is the perfect excuse to try out those recipes I otherwise never seem to find the time to try. 

5- Build a fort or pitch a tent.  Line the floor with blankets, pull out some books, or puzzles and games, and "camp out" in your living room.  Don't forget to bring along a snack.  Perhaps some of those baked goods that just came out of the oven?

Rainy days are good excuses to keep things low key, low tech and simple.  Bake some cookies, play some games and enjoy the sound of the rain on the roof.  Pretty soon, that rain will be snow.

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