Weather can be an intriguing subject for young children. They are often curious about it and usually have so many questions. Why is it then, that more often then not, when the most interesting weather conditions present themselves the children are likely to be inside?
Children deserve to have opportunities to be out in all types of weather. Yes, if they are to be out in cold, wet conditions for a sustained length of time then appropriate clothing is necessary.
However, even without that clothing children can still explore rain, wind, snow or heat, just for briefer periods.
Just look at the pictures of these children felling the water on their feet, head, body, all over. Even though you cannot see their faces you can probably still tell they are enjoying themselves.
Sure they could still be enjoying themselves inside, but it would be at the expense of the opportunities available outside in these situations. The indoors will always be available, but such opportunities as this come and go far too quickly.
The decisions we make in regards to the opportunities available to children can have long reaching implications. Just so you know, well after we had jumped in the puddles (and I was right there with them, bare feet and all), the children were talking about it right up to when some of them went home. They discussed how the water felt, both under their feet and falling on them. There were ideas raised about what else they could do in the rain. Some role play scenarios even recreated the events from outside. So a simple act to go out and get wet provoked learning in so many areas and sustained interest for the entire day.
With the rain set to continue for days to come I envisage more of these opportunities presenting themselves. I bet the children can't wait either.
I really love the quote that heads the blog Learning For Life. It reads:
"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, and snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." John Ruskin 1819-1900