Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rain Isn't the Bad Guy

Why is it that many adults I see with young children, whether they be parents or caregivers/educators, at the first hint of rain they are screaming at their kids to get out if it?
There are so many wonderful blogs out there that constantly speak about the benefits for children in having them experience all types of weather conditions. Let The Children Play, Greening Sam and Avery, Teacher Tom, Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning, I'm a Teacher, Get Me Outside Here!There are many others, but that's a good selection to get you started.


Our experience with rain recently saw the children explore this phenomenon with all their senses. They held their hands out to feel the raindrop falling on their skin. They then open their mouths skywards and attempted to catch the drops, therefore seeing if they had any taste.


As the rain became heavier we sought cover under the awning where the children then used their hearing to listen to the rain drops landing on the roof above their heads and tried to smell the rain by sniffing the air around them.


While we all used our sight to see the rain falling, these children took it one step further and used this sense to judge how to best hold their respective receptacles in order to catch some of the rain.


Even without wet weather gear there are countless ways to enjoy playing in the rain. I for one will try to remember to child within next time it rains and go for a frolic in its refreshing moistness.

5 comments:

  1. Love it, Greg, that's how it all started for me - just embracing the rain and then gradually we added the wet gear to save on having to change 26 children!

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  2. I'm getting thos wet weather outfits Kierna. You're my inspiration in this.
    :)

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  3. I'll be getting the rain gear soon. You've inspired me in this area. My chn thank you.
    :)

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  4. Pretty cool~ dancing barefoot in the rain. Definitely one of the more fond memories of my childhood. Our regs here would never allow it, but it looks like fabulous fun!

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  5. Wow, so many followers so fast - isn't the early childhood www community wonderful. Hope we have a great sunny day for the 25th. Happy Holidays

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