Babies are absolutely fascinated by water! They love watching it move, splashing it, and running their hands under a running tap. It is one of the most versatile materials we have for them to play with, and they never seem to tire of it. A rainy day is a perfect opportunity for some water play – both inside and out! Try these activities, along with these rainy songs, and keep your little one entertained all afternoon:
Half-fill a handful of plastic bottles with water. Ensure that the lids are on tight, and then show your baby how to turn them, roll them, shake them, throw them on the floor – anything to get the water sloshing about noisily.
When they have got the hang of this idea, try adding some different food colouring to each one! Make the colours nice and strong, and tell your baby what they are. Bang them together, roll them down the stairs, and dangle them above your baby’s head.
Next, add some Fairy liquid to each bottle!! Shake them up and show your baby all the lovely bubbles that have appeared. Show them how to turn them around to get the bubbles to move. Finally, slowly pour each one into the sink, to show your little one all the bubbles they have created!
After your baby has finished their lunch, keep them in their highchair a little longer. Pour some water onto the tray, and encourage them to splash around with it. They can wipe their hands through it, tap it gently, or make great big splashes! They will love the surprise element of this, and the fact that they are allowed to make so much noise!
Once the tray is covered with lots of little water puddles, add a few drops of different food colourings around the tray. They will love to look at all the colours, and will be amazed to see what happens when they splash those! The colours will run into each other beautifully, creating their very own artwork on the tray – and it is so easy to clean up.
Splashing in the Puddles
As adults, we don’t quite appreciate how much fun it is to play in the rain! Your baby has probably never had the opportunity to do this before, so use it as a big sensory experience. Put on your raincoats and your wellies, and head outside for some serious splashing. If your baby is not yet walking, carry them but let them feel the rain on their skin. Bounce them up and down in the puddles, and let them touch the rainy leaves on the trees. If you’re lucky enough to spot a rainbow, don’t forget to point that out to them as well! You’ll feel so cosy when you’re all dry and snuggled up afterwards!
Bathtime is a brilliant opportunity for some fun with water! Use pouring cups and sieves to practise moving water about, and watching how it falls. A bubble machine is always a hit with babies – they are totally mesmerised by them, and they are great for eye-tracking. Adding lots of bubble bath provides lots of great bubbles for making beards, and playing peek-a-boo. And make your baby giggle by singing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes while aiming a gentle water pistol at the relevant body part (but not their eyes, ears, mouth and nose!)
Songs to Sing
- It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
- The Rainbow Song
- Rain, Rain, Go Away
- Incy Wincy Spider
- I Hear Thunder
- Doctor Foster Went To Gloucester
Rainy Day Playlist
- Africa – Toto
- I Can’t Stand The Rain – Tina Turner
- Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head – Dionne Warwich
- Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland
- Purple Rain – Prince
- It Will Rain – Bruno Mars
- Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
- It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
- Singing in the Rain – Gene Kelly