Spring can be tough where we live. The weather starts to get really warm and the sun comes out but we also get a ton of rain. The rainy days are mixed in with warmer days so it can be a major let down when we have a really nice warm week with beautiful sunshine followed by rain for days. Luckily for me I actually love rain (I always have) and now that I have a little guy who can run around it is the PERFECT excuse to go play in the rain. This post is all about surviving spring showers and having fun in the rain.
Let’s start with the obvious. There is nothing better than putting on some rain boots and a rain coat and jumping in puddles. Aiden loves doing this and he looks so cute splish splashing around.
Singing and dancing is fun too. There are tons of songs about the rain (The Eensy Weensy Spider, It’s Raining It’s Pouring, Rain Rain Go Away, Singing in the Rain). Some of the songs have movements to go along with them that are perfect for the wide open outdoor space.
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However, puddle jumping and singing can only last so long. Another great thing we like to do is bring out some of Aiden’s bath toys to play around in the puddles. Our favorites at the moment are Nuby Floating Octopus Ring Toss and the Nuby Splash n Catch Fishing Net. Usually playing outside with these toys lasts longer than sitting in the tub too so it’s a great way to take advantage of some of the learning opportunities that come along with playing with them.
The Nuby Floating Octopus Ring Toss includes a super cute purple octopus and three rings to toss around the tentacles. The Nuby Splash n Catch Fishing Net includes four fun characters (a fish, octopus, turtle, and starfish) that can be linked together or used to catch in the net. Both help develop baby’s hand-eye coordination and the fun colors and shapes stimulate baby’s senses, not to mention make the pieces easier to find against pavement. Everything floats in water so you can use them in the bathtub and pool as well. They are appropriate for ages 18+ (although Aiden can play with just fine at almost 17 months) and are BPA free — they are also super affordable on Amazon.
We can usually spend a good hour outdoors playing in the spring showers. It is great to get Aiden out of the house and he can actually learn a thing or two. He is also good and tired out when we get home so he takes a nice long nap.
Do you play in the rain? What activities do you do?