Fun Friday activities are quick-and-simple ways to explore nature in your own backyard.
We love playing outside in the rain. Provided there is no lightening or any torrential downpours to threaten our safety, we welcome the chance to jump in puddles, play in mud and enjoy the wet weather.
During last week’s rainstorms, we decided to try something new: Rain art. The idea for this one is simple: Sprinkle a few drops of food coloring on a paper plate, then gear up and head outside with plates in hand.
As the raindrops hit the plate, colors mix and swirl and a one-of-a-kind creation is born.
The big explorer was enthralled with this one, making some 10+ different designs. He hunkered down alongside the edge of our garage by the birdbath where a steady stream of raindrops were easily accessible. Then he began his own lesson in color mixing, trying every combination of colors to see what would result.
The little explorer was less enthusiastic about the art, but more than willing to keep us company. After all, there were plenty of puddles nearby just calling his name.
- Set up for success. I laid out a large towel on the floor just inside the back door so the kids could remove their wet clothes and shoes once we were done. I had extra towels handy to help them dry off and warm up.
- Frame your finished creations. What better way to remember how fun it is to play in the rain? Remember to bring your finished plates inside to dry!
More Ideas for Outdoor Fun
Can you believe 2010 is almost over? I hope you’ve had a wonderful year and are looking forward to many more adventures in 2011. With snow and rain on tap for most of us in the U.S. in the week ahead, here are some ways to help you make the most of your time outside:
- Go icicle hunting.
- Build a bird-friendly snowman.
- Float a boat, catch raindrops on your tongue or try another of these 11 ideas for rainy day outdoor fun.
- Or check these 50 ways to explore nature in your own backyard.