Children of all ages... young and old.
It goes without saying that young children need constant supervision when around water. It has been known for children to drown in just a couple of inches of water.
Watch out for slippy areas and try to avoid them.
Ensure that you and your child wear the appropriate clothing. Even though people say that you cannot catch a cold from getting cold, I would not chance it, plus it is not enjoyable to be wet and cold.
What do we need?
- Waterproof coat
- Rain boots
- Optional umbrella
- Washing up liquid
What did we learn?
Physical: Developing large motor skills, such as upper leg muscles, when jumping up and down. Fine manipulative skills when holding the paintbrush.
Creative: Singing the bubble song. Making patterns with the paintbrush in the bubbly puddle.
Mathematical: Counting the bubbles when singing the bubble song or when popping them.
Personal, social and emotional: Fun and enjoyment. Participating in new experiences and activities.
Knowledge and understanding of the world: Learning about weather conditions and experimenting with water, learning about its properties. Developing awareness of change of state when adding washing up liquid to the puddle.
Communication, language and literacy: Talking about what they can see and feel. Learning the words to the bubble song. Description words such as wet, dry, cold etc.
What could be done next?
The possibilities of a rainy day are endless. Below are some other ideas:
- Add paint to the puddles to create swirly patterns
- Supply cups and bottles, so your child can experiment with collecting the water, pouring and filling
- Make boats to sail down guttering
- Collect water in containers to measure rainfall and make a simple chart
- Introduce chalk to a puddle and watch how the chalk dissolves and almost turns into paint.