This past week we had so much wind and rain and clouds and sunshine! Autumn is a beautiful time to live in Oregon and have many opportunities to notice the beautiful leaves as they change and of course stomp in puddles. We go outside twice every day, no matter the weather! One day last week, we went outside directly in the middle of the storm. The wind was gusting strongly and the rain was falling diagonally! Some children put on their rain gear and dashed out into the thick of it. Others felt less sure and stayed on the porch and talked about how the wind was blowing.
After being outside for a while, some of the children found a puddle which was collecting water. I had offered chalk for drawing, since chalk and water is such a lovely tactile experience. A few children first dipped their chalk in, then began drawing at the bottom of the puddle! They were amazed when they noticed the chalk beginning to change the water different colors. Then people jumped through the puddle, and the colors mixed.We didn’t last too long in the heavy rain and by the end almost everyone was drenched. Having these full body, sensory experiences in the weather of our world give children real experience of the qualities of rain and water, the effects it has on the world around them, as well as builds a natural appreciation.