For most families, a rainy day means being cooped up indoors, engaging in quiet activities such as watching a film, playing puzzles or reading a book.
However, a rainy day offers fabulous and fun opportunities for language development. With these activities, your tot will be having a blast whilst learning new words and concepts.
- Catch raindrops on your tongue, hands and feet.
- Blow bubbles that are big or small, go up or down.
- Don’t just splash in puddles. You can also, jump, hop, skip, run and gallop through puddles.
- Take a look at the ground. See how the rain makes things muddy, slippery and slimy, squelchy (cue fart noises).
- If you don’t mind tearing up the grass (even more) slide on the wet grass or roll down a hill.
- Go on a worm hunt. Will your tot dare to touch? Will you? Show how they wriggle with your finger. Play tickle/chase games with your wiggly finger.
- Talk about animals that like the wet and where they live. Can you see any ducks, frogs, fish, snails? Where shall we look?
- Follow the rainfall. Where does it go? Down the street? Down a drain?
- Toss pebbles in a puddle. Who can make the loudest “plop” or the biggest ripples?
- Make mud pies or sandcastles.
- Find sticks. Who has the shortest/longest?
- Stir puddles to make magic spells or just dinner. Get old saucepans out for a full on mud kitchen complete with grassy herbs.
- Collect water in buckets/tubs. Talk about which ones are full/empty.
- Sing in the rain e.g. Gene Kelly style or “I hear thunder…” “Rain rain go away…” “its raining its pouring…”
- Take photos and talk about them another time.
- When it dries up, be sure to look for a rainbow
- Getting dry, complete with tractor like sound effects e.g. “brrrr” is all part of the fun.