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Fun Outdoor Activities for a Rainy Day

All parents have heard the dreaded rainy weekend weather forecasts and have found themselves wondering how to go about entertaining their children in the house all day. In some instances, when the weather is extreme and unsafe, there is little choice but to stay indoors for safety. A lot of times, however, rain showers do not mean that spending time outdoors is unsafe. If there is no lightning or severe weather warning, it can be a lot of fun for the whole family to explore various outdoor rainy-day activities. Children and adults should be adorned in proper rain attire, such as raincoats and rain boots to prevent potential discomfort. An umbrella may also be a good idea if the rainy-day activities take you away from shelter, in the instance of a heavier-than-expected downpour.

Once the proper precautions are taken, the rainy-day games can begin. The first outdoor activity that many think of on a rainy day is splashing in puddles, but while this activity is a highly popular one among children and adults, the fun does not have to end there. Parents and teachers alike can use the weather as a way to teach children about nature through the use of rain gauges and weather stations. For younger children, nothing can compare to the fun of making mud pies in the rain, spotting worms on sidewalks, or even creating beautiful artistic masterpieces with the help of the rain. Rainy-day games do not have to mean indoor board games - with a little creativity, outdoor rainy-day activities are endless.

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