As you know I have been asked many times to suggest activities for homebound families to share with their children so this post is especially for you!

Today it is has been raining in my town and instead of putting on raincoats and putting up our umbrellas to go to school we are staying in our homes doing our best to help beat the COVID pandemic.

So I have been thinking about helping and about people who help us. Their lives must be very different at the moment too.

Think about Audrey the Lollipop Lady. She, like lollipoppers all over the world would normally be outside at the school crossing in the rain waiting to help everyone cross the road safely. Instead she’s no doubt at home staying inside doing her bit to help reduce the spread of this virus.

Here are some cool indoor rainy days ideas

1. Put a small bucket or pot on your window ledge or just outside your door and see how much rain it catches. How long does it take to fill up to the brim?

2. Chop the top off a carrot and sit it in a saucer of water and wacth it start to sprout leaves after a few days.

3. Draw a chalk picture then hold it out in the rain – what happens to the chalk – why do you think that happens?

4. Look at the clouds, watch the way they are moving and how fast they are going. If you can film them for ten seconds and see how much they change over that time.

5. Hot homemade food is comforting on a wet day. Try making scones, it is easy to do:

3 cups of self–raising flour, a cup of warmed milk and some salt mixed gently together. Cut into rounds each about 2 cm deep. Bake in a hot oven of 220 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes. When they are ready take them out and eat with butter and jam – yum!

Did you know…

Plants need water to survive – most of their water comes from rain.

Rain can be used to create electricity through hydropower.

Other plants have rain but their rain is not made from water.

Antarctica is the driest continent on earth!

Rain is part of the WATERCYCLE!

Rain falls from clouds. This is known as PRECIPITATION. It is then COLLECTED in rivers and flows to the sea before being EVAPORATED by the heat of the sun and turned into clouds in a process called CONDENSATION. These clouds then PRECIPITATE to make rain and the cycle is complete.

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