It’s hard work staying indoors ALL day during ‘miserable’, wintery days, but unless it’s ridiculously or dangerously cold, windy, or icy… there’s really no reason why kids can’t be encouraged to play outside, even when it’s raining! I’m reminded of that saying: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes“! There is a lot of fun to be had outdoors in the rain, and the spotlight of this post is on ‘puddles’; an outdoor play space full of simplicity and pure joy!
There’s something so thrilling about stomping in puddles! Whether it’s a surprise ‘mini puddle’ found while walking along the street, a big enough patch of water to pull focus from the play equipment at a park, or murky – can’t see the bottom – could be deeper than the top of the boots – mini pond like puddles!!
The ‘stomps’ and ‘splashes’ make such a great sound! It’s almost like the wet weather outdoor version of tap dancing!! (This kiddo is his mama’s boy!)
How fabulous to find a series of puddles along a path whilst bushwalking near our home! B loves running through them – back and forth – over and over – then slow – and fast – followed by super fast!!
So what is so good about puddle play?
It’s free and fun … but it is also an awesome way to have a burst of physical activity in the fresh outdoors, without even realising it! Additionally, all that stomping, sliding and kicking is a great source of proprioceptive input, which reinforces good body awareness.
How BIG can you splash?…
On a recent puddle playing trip, we also took along a pair of binoculars, which were whipped out frequently to try to spy birds after hearing sounds or noticing movement in the grass or the trees! What a lovely way to connect with nature…
Of course, sticks, stones and leaves seem to go hand in hand with puddles! It’s so fascinating to listen to the different sounds and see the patterns they make in the water…
Regarding wet weather gear, I don’t believe you don’t need much more than gumboots/wellies, a rain jacket and a hat. I am also a fan of waterproof pants, and tend to make sure we are not travelling too far without a change of clothes (including shoes!)… actually, when it comes to puddle play, I strongly recommend kids owning a couple of pairs of gumboots/waterproof boots – so that play time needn’t be cut short! And ideally, depending on how ‘serious’ the puddle play, I’d also suggest a pair of waterproof boots for whoever is heading out puddle hunting with the little ones!
Do you love puddles too?
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