Don’t you just hate being stuck indoors on a rainy day?
As much as we all love a good duvet day, or a day indoors watching films, sometimes it can get a bit tedious. Nothing beats a bit of fresh air to brighten your spirits. Even if it is a bit blustery or wet.
My little family always tries to embrace the weather and head outdoors regardless of the conditions, but sometimes it’s not easy coming up with activities to do, especially when most attractions close off in Winter.
We’ve made a lot more use of our garden lately so that we’re still close to warmth, but get some valuable outdoors time. We’ve come up with 5 rainy day outdoor activities that will hopefully help you on one of those drizzly days when you need fresh air.
All of these activities are inexpensive and for the most part just use things that you’ll have already around the house. All you need to do is wrap up warm and enjoy!
This is the first time we’ve tried adding crushed chalk to puddles. We were so impressed with how vibrant it turned out. There are so many variations that you can try.
You can add multiple colours, add glitter so it sparkles or even add vinegar to make it bubble and explode.
Simply crush up some chalk and add it to the water, then let your child or toddler splash about to mix up the colours.
Evie loves making mud pies. We got to play with the cutest mudpie station at Godolphin Estate recently and we’ve been desperate to make our own station in the garden but haven’t had time.
Despite not having a ‘state of the art’ mudpie station, Evie was more than happy to use a spoon and cupcake tin to mould some mud cakes. Then she added some ‘sprinkles’, aka ripped grass.
•Warning – We did have to watch her with this activity because she wanted nothing more than to eat the mud.
MUSICAL POTS AND PANS
This activity is so much more fun when it’s pouring down with rain. The rain tinkles on the metal and makes its own music. Evie loved trying out different sounds with spoons and spatulas, adding to the chimes of the rain.
All you need is a piece of paper and a brush. Or if you’re feeling brave, just your fingers. Simply get some wet mud and smear it all over the paper. This is a really great sensory play activity, it’s so easy to set up, it’s free and even if you get super messy, it’s kept outdoors so you needn’t worry about your carpets or cleaning up too much!
We bought some large outdoor chalks for £1 from hobby craft in Summer. Evie used to play for hours in summer just drawing on our garden paths.
You can get chalk in almost any supermarket. We’ve only just tried using the chalks outside in the rain. The rain gives it a really great effect and if you use several colours in the same space, the rain merges them together making a great piece of street art.
If you don’t have any outdoor clothing for your little one, be sure to check out ‘Wet Wednesdays‘ where we got Evie’s from. They are brilliant! I have no obligation to say this, we just love them so much!
What do you think of our rainy day activities? Do you go outdoors when it’s raining? What type of activities do you normally do?