The natural world provides THE best play options for young children. Northwest rainy days entice young children to engage in what they know best– kinesthetic and sensory explorations. A few props (rain gutters, a slide, plastic balls and rubber toy frogs) coupled with a barrel full of rain water makes for deeply engrossing and joyful play.
We roll plastic colored balls down slides and ramps. We compare the speed of the slide and the ramp. Some children wonder if different colored balls roll more slowly than other balls.
We quickly discover that rain suits (muddy buddies) slide extra fast on slippery wet slides!
We team up to fill a large bowl of water, alternating cup fulls down a ramp into the bowl. We then carry the heavy bowl to the sandbox to add to our mud pie ingredients.