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Top Ten Tips For Rejoicing In The Rain

Living in Britain, it is necessary to embrace the rain. If you want to avoid getting wet, you'll have to stay indoors...permanently.

Here at Wicken, we're all about outdoor play, so we've come up with a few ideas to help you enjoy the rain instead of evading it.

1. Make A Rain Gauge Take a clear plastic fizzy drinks bottle, and cut it across about 2/3 of the way up from the bottom. Then flip the top party upside down and rest it inside the bottom section. This creates a funnel for the rain water. Mark measurements at one centimetre intervals up the side of the bottom piece of the bottle. Decorate it in whatever way you choose: permanent marker pen and glitter glue work well.

2. Paint Everything With Mud Whenever there's rain, they'll be plenty of mud. Dig out some builder's paintbrushes, and tell the children that the climbing frame needs a protective coating of mud. They'll be busy for ages, and the mud will eventually be washed away by all the rain.

3. Follow The Water Go for a walk around your neighbourhood and watch the flow of rain water. Ask you children why they think the water is moving, and where it is going to. Float leaves on the rain water and follow them to see where they end up.

4. Jump In Puddles Trust the instincts of your inner child, and jump in those puddles. You may get wet, you may get muddy, but you will definitely have fun. See if you can splash so hard into a puddle that all of the water jumps back out of it.

5. Study The Sounds Walk around the garden, or down the street and listen to the sound of the rain as it falls on different surfaces. Notice the 'plink plonk' as it hits metal, or the dull thud when it lands on leaves. Then stand out in the garden, with your eyes closed, and try to pick out the different sounds of the rain hitting the bushes, trees, climbing frame, and slide.

6. Rain Art Colour a piece of paper with different coloured chalks, then take it outside and see what happens to the picture or pattern when the rain falls on it. Coloured chalks also work really well on wet patios as it is similar to using paint, then when the surface dries out you are left with bright dusty colours.

7. Dinner Is Served Keep some cheap plastic utensils and mixing bowls in the garden shed, exclusively for rainy day use. The kids can cook up some delicious mud pies, mud soup or even mud stew.

8. Go Sailing Make paper boats from folded newspaper and float on them on the bugger puddles you find. Watch what happens to the boar as it comes under attack from the rain. Will it sink?

9. Worm Rescue Squad Heavy rain encourages the worms to wiggle out of the mud and across paths. Unfortunately they don't always make it to the other side. Make a worm habitat in an old ice cream tub, or clear plastic box, and gather up the roaming worms before returning them to safety.

10. Go Outside Without Getting Wet Make a snuggly outdoor haven, by pitching a small pop-up tent in the rain. You can enjoy the fresh air, and soothing sound of rain drops, without getting wet.

For more weather-related activity ideas, check out 101 things to do with leaves.

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