Our weather this year in Central Texas has been incredibly WET.  We’ve had more rain so far this year than the totals of 2005 and 2006 combined.  And, when your kids are accustomed to playing outside all the time, being inside during the rain doesn’t sit well.  So, my kids and I have come up with a few activities to keep you smiling when the sun isn’t shining.  Bring on the rain!

  1. Water Collection – Collecting rainwater is something I do anyway for my potted plants, but now it is a family event.  The boys grab buckets, plastic bowls and pails from the sandbox and set them up in the rain.  They are quite thoughtful in this process, too – where will the most rainwater collect in the shortest amount of time?  We also always have a pail with a ruler stuck in it and like to guess how much rain will fill the bucket.  Then, when the rain is over, it is time to water the plants!
  2. Boats – As long as it isn’t thundering, lightning or chilly outside, this is a great activity.  My boys love to find fallen leaves and grass blades to float down the street in the “ditch”.  They have races to see who’s boat can reach the next driveway first.  We’ve even floated wiffle balls once when the water was running quite strong.  They love to run down the sidewalk and watch their “boat” cruise along the “river”!
  3. Watercoloring – We each take a piece of paper and color any picture we want, as long as we use washable markers.  The more colors the better, and detail isn’t that important (my younger son is quite “abstract”).  Once the pictures are completed, take them outside in the rain and set them on the ground…watch the colors blend and “melt” right before your very eyes!  My boys are big fans of “Mary Poppins”, so this activity always brings back memories of the wonderful paintings on the sidewalk in the story.

What are your favorite things to do when it rains?  Inside activity ideas are great, too!  Comment and let us know!