|Posted by sunshine-dayhome on July 17, 2015 at 3:15 PM|
It was a very wet end of the week here; the last two days have consisted of a lot of indoor time, split up by some very wet outdoor periods. After we made and painted airplanes, played with Play Dough, made dinosaur track molds, and hosted a tenting party in the living room, we were ready to brave the driving rain.
It is a lot of fun walking in the rain, even if it can be a LOT of work to clean up afterward! We geared up in head to toe rain gear this morning, and then headed outside to drink it all up and splash around. The children were so happy to splish, splash, and slide in the huge puddles.
It is really great to be able to get outside and do this kind of thing; children thrive when they can enjoy time outside. There is space to work through emotions by jumping, shouting, and yelling, and social skills thrive as they work together to figure out what kind of splashing is okay and how to share the puddles. They become connected to the earth and its rhythms in a deep and meaningful way when they connect the rain falling from the sky, to the puddles on the ground, and the free watering of the garden which offers vegetables to us. Though we did dump out buckets of muddy water from 6 pairs of rain boots when we got home, I must say, it was truly worth it.