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The Wet Coast

 The West Coast of Canada has many nicknames The Wet coast and the Grey Coast. This morning I woke up and it was pouring rain, it was grey and cold. So Helaina and I got her morning almond milk and my morning coffee and we went back to my bed, turned on the tv watched What Not to Wear and had a cuddle.

For some (sadly most) the story might end there for a rainy day. For us it did not. We got our clothes on rubber boots and all and headed outside and found some puddles to jump. Here is the thing Helaina has taught me about rain. Children find rain joyful and they don’t see it as a roadblock to life like adults do. Helaina and I have gone for a walk everyday since she started walking. A short walk usually a block. Helaina takes her time and at  some point during the walk   asks to be picked up. The first time we went for a walk in the rain, totally different story.  She couldn’t stop laughing, she ran, our walk was longer  and I never had to pick her up.

Rain funnily enough actually makes me miss my life in preschool.  The preschool program started outside every day rain or shine. We didn’t have the greatest playyard, in fact most of the early years staff despised it but on rainy days it was awesome. Water pooled and collected in various places. Gutters leaked and streams of water poured down.

Water pooling behind the sandbox.childen playing in a mudpuddle.
 
a child putting his foot over the stream running through the playground.

 

A child letting a stream of water fall on her head.

 

 

 Have you played in the rain today?

About Danielle

Danielle is an Early Childhood Educator,blogger, self admitted ECE geek, Preschool teacher, Mother and project coordinator for The Images of Learning Project. These days she juggles presenting, conference calls and blogging with playing with her daughter and nursing her son. She looks forward to the day where she can once again finish her morning coffee.

4 thoughts on “The Wet Coast

  1. We played in the rain today, was a tad gloomy as we trudged up the stairs, but after raiding the lost and found for some extra hats and mittens, we ended up having rollicking good time. Sang a good-bye song with the rain sprinkling our faces, the parents watched from the safety of the covered sandbox, but the kids and I revelled in the elements! All we needed was to be warm….

    1. Oh that sounds like fun Sarah! I miss the rainy days of hiking in the woods, playing in the mud puddles and making mud pies. Helaina and I went for another walk after I wrote this and she found a huge puddle she stepped into it got this little mischievious smile on her face and started jumping up and down with great joy.

  2. Hi Danielle,
    We had two wonderful rainy days at Stomping in the Mud this week. Our play group is outside rain or shine….. the rain only adds to the fun the children have. Lots of mud puddles to stomp in. You and Helaina will have to come and join us one of these days.

    1. Its been a great week for children, mud and puddles. Helaina and I will have to come see what you are up too. The blog is amazing and everytime I read it, I think I need to go check this out.

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