Fun Friday activities are quick-and-simple ways to explore nature in your own backyard.
Sometimes it’s the simplest things in nature that provide the most fun. Like playing in the mud or jumping in puddles.
For those of you not getting rained on at the moment, I apologize. This idea is meant to encourage those of us enduring downpours here in Southern California to remember that there are plenty of puddles out there calling our names.
How it works: Puddle jumping can best be enjoyed either while it’s actually raining or in the hours just following. (Just be sure it’s safe enough outside to be partaking in the fun; wait until any street flooding, tornado warnings, potential mudslides and lightening has subsided!)
For maximum enjoyment, make sure your little one is dressed appropriately for the occasion. Rain boots will ensure that little feet stay dry. If it’s still raining when you go jumping, a waterproof jacket with a hood and water-resistant pants are also key.
Once your little ones have got the gear on, let ’em get jumping.
Why it’s so fun: What kid can resist the urge to splash – especially when parents are giving the okay to get wet! It’s even more fun if you join in.
Variations on a theme: Make a game out of puddle jumping by seeing who can create the biggest splash or jump the highest. Or play follow-the-leader through a string of puddles. Check out a few other ways to enjoy the rain if puddle jumping gets old (but how could it?).
Here’s hoping your weekend offers plenty of rainbows and outdoor fun!