Sensory Rain Play Ideas

Whilst playing outside is preferred by some when the sun is shining and the weather is warm, the sensory benefits when the heavens open can be equally as enjoyable.

Here are few ideas to get you started for a sensory rain day!

Sing and dance in the rain

Why not sing a range of rain related songs, such as Incy Wincy Spider. Dance and move about. Watch the motion of the water as you move differently. Do the puddles splash in different directions depending on how your feet hit them?

Make mud pies or nature soup

There is no better time for water play than when the water is literally falling from the sky! Get out some pots, pans & kitchen utensils. Scoop, pour and mix together different creations. Why not set up a kitchen, or perhaps a shop and sell the mud pies or soup.  

Use cups and measure the rain

Try using a range of different sized and shaped containers, how much rain can you catch, which containers fill up the quickest? Explore ways to fill them up faster by finding spots where the rain is heavier, under the guttering for example.

Make music in the rain

Grab a range of different containers, different sizes and different materials. Notice the sound each makes when the rain hits them. Explore how different water levels change the sounds. Use sticks or stones to create new sounds. 

Playing in the rain provides lots of sensory benefits that we already know outside play has, but with a new element, so next time its raining. Instead of staying inside get out, explore and experience the rain with your child – you might just enjoy it yourself!


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