Mar 09, 2022
A rainy day doesn’t have to mean a day inside, toddlers love getting wet and splashing in all the puddles. The bigger the puddles the better, according to them. Looking for great outdoor rainy day activities? I got you covered.
First order of business ensure your toddler is dressed for the wet. You can read my article on Best Rain Gear for Toddlers to get you started.
Once you cover your toddler’s outer layer, make sure they are dressed appropriately below their rain gear. In colder weather add more warm layers below! Toddlers can get very cranky when they are cold.
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No special toy is needed for fun in the rain. Splashing in puddles and the use of their imagination is enough to keep them entertained. However, toys can increase the length of play outside or add to their enjoyment.
Below are the top normal toys my toddlers love to use in the rain.
Scooting through puddles and splashing the water around is pretty exciting. My 3 year old always grabs for his scooter when I take him out in the rain. He finds the biggest puddle he can and rides his scooter through it over and over again.
Looking for the best scooter for a 3 year old? Check out my article here.
Just like a scooter, a bike is equally as fun to ride through the puddles. Watching the tires hit the water and spraying water along as you go. Talk about optimal childhood memories.
Looking for the perfect bike for your toddler? Find my top picks here and what my toddlers ride.
Watch as the rain collects in buckets, or use the buckets to scoop up water. Toddlers will find many different ways to use buckets in the rain. A favorite of my toddlers is to transfer water from one bucket to another and back again.
The shovel is often used as well to add mud to the water or small pebbles or rocks. After a rainy day outside, play baths are normally on the cards!
See how many outdoor rainy day activities your toddler can think of using a shovel and a bucket! Mine find at least 5 ways to play with them!
Pushing outdoor trucks around gets more entertaining in the rain. A dump truck can collect water, mud or pinecones and your toddler can push the truck around and empty it into puddles or wherever. Just stand back and watch your toddler’s imagination at work.
Water tables are great for sensory play and in warmer weather. The addition of rain as your toddler plays at their water table will add a new dimension to their play. The table will fill up with more water and be less work for you; you no longer have to keep refilling the table as they inevitably dump water out.
I don’t know what it is about rubber ducks, but toddlers love them. Place them in a puddle or a small stream and watch as they move with the water. Ducks are the perfect size for a toddler's hand and a great rain toy!
Let them jump over and over again in every puddle they can find.
Make a list of items for your toddler to find and go outside and try to find each one together. Award your toddler with a prize or treat afterwards. Example of items to find on a wet day
Let your toddler collect sticks and encourage them to draw pictures in the mud.
Mix dirt with water and let them sculpt mud pies, cookies or whatever their imagination desires.
Find a big mud pile and let them lay down and make a mud angel. Toddlers are meant to get dirty!
Creeks, rivers, waterfalls flow even faster in the rain. Let your toddler watch and be mesmerized. T
Once you find some good bodies of water let them skip rocks or toss them in the water. See who can make the biggest splash!
Cruising through the puddles on wheels is thrilling. Just make sure your toddler is safe and wears a helmet.
My 3 Year Old Riding His Scooter
Place buckets of different sizes in the rain and see how long each takes to fill up.
Let one bucket fill with water or scoop up a puddle and transfer the water to other buckets and back again.
Set up the water table and let them get wet. Water tables often have slides and different ways for water to flow that adds fun.
Outdoor friendly trucks are great in the rain. Load them up with stones, water, dirt or anything you can find and push them through the puddles.
Let your toddler collect leaves and see if they float in a puddle or race down a stream.
Just like leaves but instead find your rubber ducks.
It might be the perfect day to search for rainbows if there is a mix of clouds and sun. See who can be the first to spot one.
See how many worms you can find and if you're brave enough collect them in a truck or bucket.
Sing songs and open your mouth and let them experience rain on their face.
Use rocks and dirt and find a small stream of water. Pretend to be a beaver and create a dam and watch the water build up. After a while, break the dam and follow the water as it escapes.
Playing with wet chalk is different from dry chalk, let them explore and see the brighter colors wet chalk brings.
Find flowers and squash them with rocks and add to water. Use paint brushes or your hands and paint the sidewalk or driveway.
Wet sand is awesome. You can mold it better and it might be the right consistency to make epic sand castles.
Get a sponge and some soap and let your toddler wash some of their toys. Think bikes, plastic toys, or even your car!
Get your toddlers gardening tools and let them help you in the garden. Water will make the soil easier to handle and messier.
Turn the buckets over or bring out some pots and pans and use sticks to drum in the rain. The rain hitting pots will also add a beat to your music.
The sensation of being in water as water is falling around you is unique. As long as the weather is not storming let them swim.
Hope these outdoor rainy day activities ideas help you to explore the wet outdoors with your toddler!
When it is not raining check out my 24 simple backyard activities for toddlers!