The rest of the world may be shivering or sweltering, but we are still in the wet. The Todd River is flowing (Alice Springs) and if we could be sure of getting through the floodways we’d take the girls to see it! So here are 13 things you can do when it’s raining.
- Splash in puddles – how high can you make it splash? How far?
- Streams – do you have any natural streams that flow around your house or garden? Where does it drain to?
- Dig trenches to see if you can make streams and ponds and get them to flow properly! This is tricky.
- Leaf racing – drop leaves into a flow and see who wins. What sort of leaf goes the fastest?
- Race raindrops down a window – each choose one and watch them meander down. What happens when they touch each other?
- Watch clouds – What colours are they? What types? How far do they go? Then check out this gallery of 9 extraordinary clouds.
- Find a rainbow or a moonbow – this is a lunar rainbow, it needs a bright, almost full moon that is low in the sky, a dark night, and it needs to be raining opposite the moon. They usually appear grey, because they are too faint to activate the colour receptors in our eyes. There are some really good photos on the web.
- Sing or modify nursery rhymes. There’s the obvious, but what about
- Erosion – Set up a mixed pile of dirt and rocks at the top of a slope, you can use a plank, gutter, or even a sloping path. Then after the rain see how it has been sorted and how far it’s been carried.
- Catch it in different containers – see how deep it gets and if the size and shape of the container makes a difference.
- Watch the drops splashing – What happens when they hit the ground? Do they look different when they splash in a puddle or on the ground? What about on dirt?
- Find the limits of the shower – We seem to get a lot of spot showers, you can walk or ride around afterwards and find a line where one side is wet and the other dry. This only works with little showers!
- Smell things. The whole world smells different after the rain. Can you describe it? What is it like? Can you catch it in a jar?
Rain, rain, rainy sky
Wash our cares away!
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
We go out to play. (And no comments on my musical abilities please.)
What do you do when it’s raining?
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