Mostly what you will find when you search for rainy day activities are a selection of crafts and games to keep your child occupied when they are stuck indoors on a rainy day.
But there's no reason for rain to stop play: it's only a drop of water. Getting regular exercise is just as important for children during the colder months, especially if they have been kept indoors at playtimes due to the wet weather.
Get you and your children suited up wellie boots and wet weather gear, and you can enjoy the fresh air and even the damp weather, with these outdoor play ideas from Wicken.
1. Puddle Jumping On rainy days parents spend a lot of energy keeping their little ones feet dry and out of the puddles. But splashing about in these tiny pavement ponds is a huge amount of fun, so put on some wellies or old shoes that can be ruined, and go for a walk around your neighbourhood to find the biggest puddles you can. Make it into a game by calling out to your child which feet they should hop into the puddle with.
2. Colour Yourself In If the weather is warm enough, send your children out in their shorts or swimming costume, and give them some damp chalk or bath crayons to draw all over their wet skin. When they've run out of room on their bodies, maybe the patio could be brightened up with some chalky artwork.
3. Camp Out Pitch up a tent so you can still enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of being outdoors without getting wet. Add some cozy cushions and books to create a comfortable reading den. You could do this with a playhouse too.
4. Boating Lake This works best if you set it up before a night of heavy rain. Put up your splash pool so it gets partly filled by the rain. Then make your own sail boats from old plastic bottles and set them loose on the water.
5. Listen To The Rain Walk around your garden, and listen to the rain. Encourage your child to hear the between the rain falling on the grass, a patio, something plastic, a leaf. Collect some objects in the garden together, and listen to the rain falling on each one. Take turns holding an object up to the other person's ear, who must have their eyes closed, and see who can guess what it is just from the sound of the rain splashing on it.
6. Float Or Sink You will need a big puddle, or your paddling pool for this one. Collect some small objects from the garden, then ask your children to make a prediction about which ones will float and which will sink, then put the objects onto the water one at time to test them out.
7. Mud Pies Dig out some old bowls and spoons you no longer need cluttering up your kitchen and send the children out to make you a delicious mud based dinner: mud pie, mud soup, and even mud quiche decorated with flowers.