20 Ways to Play in the Rain

On rainy days you'll find us with our wellies & waterproofs heading outside for new adventures. We love outdoor play - whatever the weather! Sometimes we get a little wet, but hey that's part of the fun. If we avoided the rain for fear of getting wet, we'd miss out on so many new discoveries!

So don't let rain stop play. Check out our 20 ways to play in the rain!

1. Listen to the rhythm of the rain! What does the rain sound like as it hits the windows, fences, flowerpots, or puddles?

2. Feel the rain on your face & hands. Can you catch a raindrop on your nose, or hand?

3. Go on a worm hunt! Wet weather is perfect for spotting worms as they move towards the surface of the soil during rain storms. How many can you spot?

4. Dress up in fancy dress & dance in the rain!

5. Jump in puddles! Run through puddles! Gallop, skip, & hop through puddles!

6. Taste the rain! Catch a raindrop on your tongue.

7. Create ripples, swirls, & patterns in puddles.

8. Hide your toes & feet in a muddy puddle.

9. Share the magic of the puddle with someone special!

10Paint with raindrops.

11. Look at reflections in puddles. What can you see? Can you see your face reflected in a puddle? If you jump in the water what happens to the reflection?

12. Investigate & measure rainfall, using a plastic measuring jug, or an old baby bottle which has measurements down the side. Or see how much rain you can catch in a cup.

13. Explore what happens to a water butt or guttering when it's raining. Where does the water go?

14. Play with sand & explore it's changing appearance & texture in the rain.

15. Take an umbrella walk around your garden or neighbourhood. Do things look different when they're wet? Do colours change?

16. Pretend to be a fish, or a frog, or a duck. I wonder how they would move in the rain.

17. Find (or build) an outdoor shelter from the rain. How do you feel watching the rain from your shelter, what do you notice?

18. Set up an outdoor water play area to explore the rain.

19. Experiment with sponges or cotton-wool in containers outside. How much rain do they absorb?

20. Search for a rainbow. Can you see one in the sky, or one hidden in a raindrop? Raindrops act as tiny prisms making them perfect for a mini rainbow hunt.

For more weather related play check out 10 Activities to Tempt You Outside on a Windy Day, Cloud Play, or 30 Days of Outdoor Play for April.

We're joining in the Weather Blog Hop along with some amazing kid friendly bloggers from around the world. Each of them has a great weather related activity to share, so be sure to check out their creative ideas for kids come rain or shine. Why not share a weather related post too, just add your link to the list below.


  1. Ooooh so many fun ideas!! You (almost!) want it to rain.


  2. What a wonderful list of fun rainy day activities! It would be great if you'd like to add this to our Spring Carnival. :) http://sunnydaytodaymama.blogspot.com/2012/02/all-year-round-blog-carnival-spring.html

  3. Playing in the rain is one of our favorite activities too! Thanks for sharing! One of our favorites is to make wet footprints on the dry areas on our patio.

  4. This blog hop was made for your blog! Great photos- although, if we went on a hunt for worms, we'd be looking for a long, long time, I think. We never see them. Centipedes and tarantulas are much more abundant. ;)

  5. Great ideas. We love playing in the rain and I look forward to trying some of these (probably won't have to wait long for that...)

  6. So many great ideas nad it looks like we will need ideas like this again in the week to come.


  7. Love this one - so many great ideas, I know you are very busy & have lots of links on the go but would you consider adding this great post to the outdoor play link up over at my blog? Kierna

  8. Thanks for the great rain inspiration! My kids are intentionally waiting for the rain to play outside some days this summer! Here are a few ways they have been enjoying the rain! http://insideoutsidemichiana.blogspot.com/2014/08/playing-in-rain.html