What To Do With The Rain
A drought was announced here in the South West of England about ten days ago. It has rained, heavily, every day since. I can almost hear the plants in our garden gulping it in! I have listened to moans on the school run, taken part in a bit of tutting, seen people with their noses pressed up against the windscreens of their cars, scowling through the drops.
But rain is a wonderful thing, it is a life-giver and rain doesn’t dissolve children. Don’t rush them through it, try not to always be going somewhere, live in the moment, let them feel the rain.
- Stand in the rain and catch raindrops on your tongue
- Put on wellies and waterproofs (or shorts and a T-shirt) and puddle jump
- Drop a little pebble in a puddle and watch the ripples
- Put an empty container outside and see how much rain you have gathered in an hour/two hours/a day/a week
- Choose a raindrop each, watch it as is runs down the window and see whose reaches the bottom first
- Find an oily puddle and look at the rainbows
- Chase rainbows when the sun comes out, tell them there is a pot of gold, give them the magic
As you can imagine we are quite fond of rainbows here at Climbing Rainbows and we like to have them on tap. We have crystals hanging in various windows to catch the sunlight and scatter rainbows all over the house.
As the white light passes through the crystal it is separated out into all the colours of the rainbow. If you twirl a crystal, you can make rainbows dance.
What are your top tips for rainy days?