- Sing in the rain! You can make up a silly rain song; sing "It's Raining, It's Pouring," or belt out the lyrics to "Singing in the Rain"!
- Play Pooh Sticks! On a very rainy day, put two sticks in one of the streamlets of water running down the street (or a real live stream, if you're near one) and see which stick "wins" the race.
- Make mud pies! Kids won't need your help to figure out how to have splashy fun in the rain, but sometimes they need your encouragement to get those hands and fingers gooey and muddy. Be sure to have a camera on hand for some good pics.
- Take the mud pie theme a step further, by creating your own mud pie kit! Collect some old spoons, pie tins, and measuring cups or cookie cutters. Have any orange juice jugs or small milk cartons around? Use these as molds for mud bricks, which your kids can dry out another day when the sun is shining.
- Take a rain shower! If you really want to make your kids laugh, suggest they wash their hair outside. Kids will love the quirkiness of shampooing their hair in the rain!
- Look for animal tracks, especially in muddy areas or near water. Try to figure out or imagine what it is.
- Dig for worms in a hole in the ground or in a compost bin.
While outdoor rainy day activities are fun, when it's just too cold or wet, have a "camp-in" inside the house! Either pitch your tents in the living room or just pile up blankets and pillows and let everyone play games, tell stories, and fall asleep in the same room.