|Dancing in the rain.|
Wet day? "Hurrah, puddles!"
Cold day? "Hurrah we can puff like steam trains!"
Too hot? "Hurrah, we can strip off and spray each other with the hose."
Danny did once comment, aged about 20 months, "It's a bit droopy!" on a particularly drizzly day; however on the whole I think children enjoy weather. I'm pretty sure they only learn to complain about it from listening to us mums on the playground.
I've learned from bitter experience that trying to keep kids inside for a whole day only leads to misery, so whatever the weather's doing we try to get out for at least a small part of it, in order to let off steam. Hence my thought for the day on free entertainment for small children is "Weather Appreciation!"
|Ripples and reflections.|
|A wet walk through the puddles.|
Jumping in them to splash anyone in sight, seeing if they can find one deep enough to go over the top of their wellies, checking out their reflections in them, stirring them with sticks, throwing stones in and looking at how ripples move, they are a source of fascination. Bonus if you find one with petrol on the surface making rainbow colours. We have had a range of hand-me-down waterproofs, some a bit more successful than others, but I've yet to manage to get them home from a wet walk dry. You just have to accept that they will have to strip off at the back door and put everything straight in the wash.
|It's raining? Let's strip off and sit in tubs of sandy water!|
|Graffiti in the frost.|
|A sledge ice sculpture!|
Zac will be 6 in January, and so far he hasn't known a winter without snow. I'm not going to pretend I don't dread the whole palaver of getting them kitted out to play in the white stuff; it takes forever, and they never last that long before one or other gets cold and miserable, but it just wouldn't be right to stay inside when it holds so many possibilities.
No new ideas here, but these are our favourite things to do with snow:
- Throw it- preferably at a target and not at mummy.
- Look for animal/bird tracks.
- Make footprints, or fake monster prints.
- Lie in it to make snow angels.
- Go sledging.
- And one year we made an igloo!
|Inside the igloo!|
|Making snow bricks.|
|Let's go fly a kite|
Cloud spotting is great for the imagination and for language development. What more peaceful way is there to pass the time than by lying on your back in the grass pointing out clouds that look like dragons, trains, England or describing how whispy, fluffy, thundery they look?
OK. I can't think of much that you can't do on a sunny day. See my earlier post about water for plenty of cooling-off ideas. You can also have fun making shadows: Can you make one that looks like a ...? When is your shadow longest, or shortest? Can you run away from your shadow?
However my favourite way to enjoy a sunny day is definitely with ICE CREAMS and you won't find me apologising for a bit of unhealthy eating!