Games to Play in the Rain

When the weather starts to turn foul, you may be tempted to call in your children and keep everyone indoors for the duration of the rain's falling. However, though there are plenty of rainy day activities you can do to keep the youngsters occupied while the sky is gray, there are also rain games you can play outside! Take advantage of the fresh air and the free giant sprinkler in the sky, and spend some quality time with your children outdoors.

Wearing boots while playing in the rain.Before you head outside, make sure you're wearing appropriate clothing! You don't need much to successfully play in the rain, but it's a good idea not to wear mesh shoes or they'll end up soaked through. You might want to avoid open-toed shoes as well, if you plan on running around during any of your games. If it's a cold rain, bundle up enough that no one will get sick from exposure to too much bad weather.

Puddle Splashing -- This game is easy enough to figure out! For once, let your children splash away to their heart's content, and join them in their water play to release your inner kid. You can use puddles as the building blocks of an obstacle course, only jumping from puddle to puddle, or you can have contests to see who can make the biggest splash.

Rain Showering -- The novelty of taking a big-kid shower has probably worn off by now for your children, but getting clean in nature's own sprinkler can be an afternoon of excitement! If there's a warm rain outside and you have environmentally-friendly shampoo, dress your children down in their bathing suits and then blob some shampoo on their hair. Then they get to run around in the rain, scrubbing their scalps and letting the rain wash away the soap!

Rainy Tye-Dye -- The rain can make gorgeous art, if you let it! Give each of your children a paper plate (and keep one for yourself), then plop a few drops of food coloring onto each one. As the rain comes down, it will splash on the plate -- run around keeping it held skyward -- and make the food coloring run and thin in places. Once the art has been sufficiently swirled around, shake off the plate and set it somewhere safe inside to dry.

Frog-Counting -- Live near a pond or other place where amphibians gather? Take your children frog-counting! See how many different species of frog you can spot, and have a contest for who can count the highest amount of the hoppers.

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Comments (13) -

Patricia Brown
Patricia Brown
2/14/2013 4:04:30 PM #

I've always envied those children who got to spend their childhood out in the rain together with friends and family. We were always asked to stay indoors because my mom was very protective and that she didn't want us to get sick. I remembered those times that I watched from the window while other kids played in the rain with smiles all over their faces. Somehow I slowly accepted it and found ways to have fun while playing inside with my two brothers, we would play snakes and ladders. Would love to play in the rain though even if I'm already all grown up.

Patricia Brown
Patricia Brown
2/14/2013 4:04:30 PM #

I've always envied those children who got to spend their childhood out in the rain together with friends and family. We were always asked to stay indoors because my mom was very protective and that she didn't want us to get sick. I remembered those times that I watched from the window while other kids played in the rain with smiles all over their faces. Somehow I slowly accepted it and found ways to have fun while playing inside with my two brothers, we would play snakes and ladders. Would love to play in the rain though even if I'm already all grown up.

Steven Taylor
Steven Taylor
2/15/2013 2:27:31 AM #

Nothing beats playing outside while it's raining. It doesn't matter if your a child, a teenager or an adult, it just makes you feel good and enjoy while your outside. I know that there's a childish part in each and everyone of us, waiting to blast and go out. I would go out in the rain with my neighbors and we would play all kinds of games. We tried splashing water by jumping and running all around. We would even play tag-and-it games even the weather was not that good. Even if we were barred to play out especially that it's raining, we would still find a way to go and play. Never regretted those things, hope I could relive those times ...

Steven Taylor
Steven Taylor
2/15/2013 2:27:31 AM #

Nothing beats playing outside while it's raining. It doesn't matter if your a child, a teenager or an adult, it just makes you feel good and enjoy while your outside. I know that there's a childish part in each and everyone of us, waiting to blast and go out. I would go out in the rain with my neighbors and we would play all kinds of games. We tried splashing water by jumping and running all around. We would even play tag-and-it games even the weather was not that good. Even if we were barred to play out especially that it's raining, we would still find a way to go and play. Never regretted those things, hope I could relive those times ...

Donny Fleming
Donny Fleming
2/19/2013 10:41:58 AM #

My childhood was very unforgettable in view of the fact that I was allowed to play in the rain. Together with my friends, we would meet up and play while it was raining. We would line up to our houses near the pipes draining water from the roof to have that waterfall effect. It wasn’t much but we cared less and appreciated every single bit of that moment. Even to the point that were shivering cause of the cold but we would still keep on playing. That’s how persistent we really were.

Galen Caldwell
Galen Caldwell
2/19/2013 10:46:58 AM #

we were NEVER allowed to play in the rain while we were still young. By saying WE, i mean together with my 2 siblings. We were told that we could get sick especially when there's a long interval between rains and we were discouraged to go out even when it only drizzles during a sunny day. I can't find a logical answer which would rationalize their decision to deprive us to have fun with those faux stories they gave to back it up.

Charlie Rhodes
Charlie Rhodes
2/19/2013 10:50:59 AM #

You should not think like that Galen, your parents were just doing that may be to protect you and prevent you from getting a cold. No parent would do something that would hurt his/her children, they can't just show it the way you want them to. It's not too late anyway, now that you're a grown up, you can go out during a rain without anyone annoying and yelling at you to stop. You can't change what happened before but you can change what happens now and in your future. So go out and play in the RAIN ''''''''''

Nancy Childs
Nancy Childs
2/20/2013 9:49:18 PM #

When its raining, i prefer to stay inside. I like to enjoy the weather and watch a movie instead. I love to stay in the couch with my family or friends, who comes over once in a while, and eat foods that make you hot. We love to eat those cup noodles while watching movies to keep ourselves warm while we're inside a blanket. The environment just makes you kind of lazy. You don't want to get up and even take a bath, its like the "Lazy Song" of Bruno Mars, i feel like not doing anything today...

Jeff Rangel
Jeff Rangel
2/20/2013 9:55:11 PM #

For me i love to eat cold food even if the weather is already cold. It's weird but I crave for ice cream when its raining. My friends can't really understand why I like ice cream when its raining, they say it just makes no sense at all. Despite that, I still eat ice cream Smile they can eat whatever they want but I will always eat ice cream, its like I was built for cold weather. I may have thicker skin that them hahaha Smile

Rose MarieTurnage
Rose MarieTurnage
2/23/2013 7:04:59 AM #

My memories in relation to rain are nightmares. All I can associate with rain is the tragic event where I lost my father and little sister due to the flood. It was a normal day in our lives until the flood happened last December 2012, we were not prepared for what was coming and we had no idea what we were up against. Our city did not have drills, evacuation plans, and rescue operations to help the people immediately. My father swam to our car to save me and my sister but unfortunately, he lost his life saving us. On the process, me and my sister got separated and she was seen after the flood subsided. Now, when I hear raindrops on our roof, I still feel that it was just yesterday and the pain in my heart is still fresh.

Neil Godsey
Neil Godsey
2/23/2013 7:09:31 AM #

I'm sorry to hear that. i know your father and sister are now in a better place.

You just need to slowly face the fact that they're gone and conquer your fear about the rain. It's ironic because when we were still young, we would love to go out and play in the rain but now that we've grown up, we don't want to go out when it's raining because we get wet especially our clothes. It shows that we now forget to appreciate the little things in this world and have fun compared to when we were young. What happened along the way?

Jared Spiller
Jared Spiller
2/23/2013 7:18:33 AM #

You want to know what happened along the way? LIFE HAPPENED.

We all need to grow up but that doesn't mean that we lose our desire to be childish and enjoy things. There's always a part somewhere in your heart that always wants to play and have fun. We just channel it into different things, before you were just playing with a pail of water and having fun in the rain, now you're already an engineer and you're playing and constructing damns for lakes or building infrastructure in the ocean. We may grow old but the our heart remains young <3

Emma Foxhord
Emma Foxhord
2/28/2013 12:40:21 AM #

I love to play in the rain back then. I just remembered that before, whenever a tiny raindrop starts to fall and it's not yet really raining, the kids in our neighborhood including me, are already starting to get outside and play. We are praying that it would rain harder for us to really get our clothes soaked and then run over the muddy soil. Then unfortunately, the rain just poured for about 3 minutes and we were all like, aahhhhh.... The only part that got wet was our hair..hahahaha...Reminiscing childhood memories is really quite fun.  

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