Wondering what the heck to do outside when it’s pouring? Glad you asked! Why not …especially since we’ll been seeing rain from now until Monday when it’ll be sunny again. Tempt the kids with prizes for some of the activities listed below and make it into a contest (the more contests they win, the more mini-marshmallows in their hot chocolate). As kids, we used to step in deep puddles to see who could have the water come the closest to the top of their rain boots without going over the edge. No one ever one, wet socks all around.

Refer to yesterday’s blog  for a great recipe for (Crack Sticks) a warm cinnamon-y treat to make after playing in the rain.

1. Jump in puddles.
When I asked the boys last night to tell me their favorite thing to do in the rain, they looked at me as if I was crazy. “Jump in puddles.” Isn’t it obvious?!? Sometimes I nudge them to see who can make the biggest splash or jump the highest, but really they just want to be left to it.

2. Become scientists.
The Big Explorer loves all things science. When it comes to spending time in the rain, he likes to head out to the curb and watch the water flow by. When he was younger, he was curious where the water was headed and whether certain things he put in the water would float or sink. This year, we’re planning on measuring how much rainfall we get on any given day. See who can find the longest worm.

3. Quack like a duck.
This one may only work with the younger crowd, but the 3 ½-year-old Little Explorer absolutely loves it. He quacks like a duck, ribbits like a frog and even makes fish faces to pretend he’s a fish.

4. Get artsy.
One wet afternoon, we made rain art using paper plates, food coloring and rain droplets. Other possibilities include mud painting and making chalk drawings on the pavement. It’s also fun to create land art with wet leaves, sticks and other natural items.

5. Catch raindrops.
Use a plastic pail or jar to catch raindrops. Make it a game to see who can catch the most water the fastest. Encourage kids to try catching raindrops on their tongue, too!

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SAYING OF THE DAY: This woman just stared at the beer in my cup holder, like she’s never seen a cup holder on a grocery cart before.

ANOTHER SAYING OF THE DAY: I need a lot of coffee to start the day, and a lot of booze to end it.

HAPPY JUNE 20 BIRTHDAY TO: John Goodman 61, Nicole Kidman 46, Olympia Dukakis 82, Martin Landau 85, Lionel Ritchie 64, Brian Wilson 71, Chet Atkins (1924-2001), Anne Murray 68, Audie Murphy (1924-1971), Errol Flynn (1909-1959), Darren Sproles 30, Candy Clark 66, and John Mahoney 73.

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