In our language and culture today, bad weather is frequently associated with cold, snow, wind and rain…but is this really bad weather? Well not according to the social thinker John Ruskin (1819 – 1900). He believes ‘sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up and snow is exhilarating’. He feels there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
I must say I agree with him, though I must also admit to maybe a few complaints here and there about rain, but being from Wales I do see a bit too much of it! However when we introduce ingredients of play into the rain, this is a totally different element for me. I absolutely love it!
Playing in the rain is one element of being a playworker I
thoroughly enjoy. Both playworkers and children load on the layers in winter and the play most definitely continues. As playworkers, we understand that if the children choose to be outside in the wet weather then so are we!
Weather is no barrier to the child and play – only the attitude of the adult. It is important for us to remember there is no perfect weather, we just need to support children to make the most of what weather there is. Let’s accept that regardless of the weather there is always the potential for excellent play.
Just remember bad weather always looks worse through a window. So Australia instead of rain rain go away come back another day lets sing rain rain come and play.
1) Put on coats and hats and head outside to show your child what the beach looks like in wild weather, or even visit botanical gardens when the plants are all wet and glossy.
2) When it’s wet, dress up in gumboots and raincoats and head out to look for some big puddles to jump in; take an umbrella to add to the fun by opening and closing it and twirling it around in the rain.
3) Take buckets and spades to the local park and make dirt soup or other delicious dishes.
Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain.
- Author unknown