Today proved to me what an amazing set of parents we have, they have truly bought into our outdoor play approach & fully understand that there really is no such thing as bad weather. It was still quite dark at 8.50 as the children arrived & the rain was really heavy & unrelenting, yet as each parent arrived not one of them batted an eye at the idea of us being outside. Some stayed to help their children into their rain gear while others headed off saying 'Off you go & have fun in the puddles'.
I love really heavy rain as we use it as an excuse to bring out the powder paints & decorate the playground using the rain as the mixer, today I also brought out some old shower gels that I had picked up in the scrap store last week, so when the children jumped in the puddles thye could make bubbles.
We were outside in the heavy rain for over an hour & almost all the children got on their rain gear & just enjoyed playing outdoors, they were so excited that the water barrel was full again - they had emptied it last week & were most disappointed that it hadn't rained since to fill it up again. They made soup with the pumpkins we had been pounding last week & enjoyed going down the slide really fast.
It was particularly heartening to see one child, with sensory issues, put on his rain gear & enjoy just standing in the rain & jumping in the puddles - a major step forward for him.