The weather may be on the damp side, but there’s no reason that needs to stop you from connecting with nature. Try these rainy day activities.
- Go puddle jumping. It helps if you have small children so you can excuse what you’re doing (and a body that won’t object) but splashing in puddles can be fun whatever your age, as long as your shoes don’t let the water in.
- Take photos of raindrops on plants. They add extra magic (and the occasional poignant droopiness) to flower photos.
- Give your houseplants a treat. Take them outside and let them soak up the rainwater: good for your water bills and refreshing for the plants. Better yet, set up a water butt so you can use rainwater for your plants all the time. Even leaving a bucket outdoors can help. You can also use rainwater as a refreshing face splash, rather than wasting money on expensive water sprays or toners.
- Watch the ripples on the water, if you’re lucky enough to live near any (if not, a puddle will do). There’s something soothing about wrapping up in warm, waterproof clothes and seeing raindrops falling on the canal. It also shows how much power even a single raindrop has – you might be surprised by the size of the ripples created.
- Go bug hunting. Snails and worms emerge with the rain, so you can often spot mini-beasts that hide away when it’s sunnier. See how many you can spot (if you’re a gardener, you may want to collect them and take them to a local wild green area to protect your plants.) Rescue any worms you see stranded on the pavement to avoid them drying out once the rain stops.
- Record the rain. This can be particularly useful if you struggle with insomnia: the sound of rain falling can be a soothing way to drift to sleep.
- Monitor the rain: Make your own rain gauge by cutting a plastic drinks bottle in half, inverting the top half into the bottom half and putting markings on the side to measure how much rainfall there is. A layer of pebbles will help weigh it down – but remember to start the measurements after the layer of stones to make it more accurate. Record your findings and you can see how rainfall varies over the year.
- Make rain art. Sprinkle powder paint over a sheet of paper then leave it in the rain to see what emerges; or paint something using water soluble paint then see how nature changes it. Don’t leave it outside for too long though, or your art may get washed away.
- Look up. The clouds are often particularly impressive in the rain, particularly if the sun shines through them. You may even get lucky and spot a rainbow.
- Get nature crafting. If you really can’t face the outdoors, use a rainy day for crafting using ‘found’ items from nature walks. Just add hot chocolate for the perfect cosy afternoon in.