Notes on Parenting

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Playing in the rain

by Malina
Are your kids afraid of getting wet in the rain? Do they hate having dirt on their hands? Have they ever made a mud pie? How did you react?

It's been raining for several days here. Today as I watched my kids happily play in the rain, I thought of this quote: "Childhood is that state which ends the moment a puddle is first viewed as an obstacle instead of an opportunity." - Kathy Williams

Are you teaching your child to play in the rain or to be annoyed by it? Are they getting the opportunity to splash in puddles and find worms in the sidewalk?

Perhaps your child needs to be shown how to play in the rain. Take them out and teach them! My oldest son had to be encouraged. He was unsure at first because I had always previously covered him in rain slickers and boots and umbrellas.

Some ideas for helping your child learn to love playing in the rain:

  • Go out and dance in the rain with your child. Spin and laugh and stomp in puddles. 
  • Get out the sand or beach toys. Buckets are excellent for rain collection and shovels are helpful for making mud pies. Give them a bit of earth where digging is okay and encouraged. 
  • Let them play with chalk in the rain, or try and blow bubbles.
  • Send them on a worm hunt.
  • Set out towels by the door for when they finish.
  • Whisk them into the bathtub to get clean and warm! More water play! 
  • Have hot chocolate and popcorn and movie time afterward. 

Of course I mean gentle warm rains, not thunderstorms. Teach them about the weather and watch the weather channel together. But make sure to experience the rain first hand together!

Do you think that playing in the rain is an important childhood activity?



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