Well, it’s raining here in Northern Michigan . . . again! However, there is no need to stay indoors today because the temperature is mild. This morning, just as the boys were becoming a little whiny, I announced, “Put on pants,” (why do I feel like I’m always telling them to put on pants!?), “Grab your boots and rain jackets. We are going puddle jumping.”
Oh, I wish you could have seen their expressions and heard their shrieks of delight. We are going puddle jumping and it’s not even summer!
Puddle jumping is a classic childhood activity that improves coordination, balance, gross motor skills and moods. Ornery children will soon enough giggle and smile with delight once they understand that they are allowed to get wet and dirty, and in fact, are being encouraged to do so. Puddle jumping provides exercise and is the perfect activity for children who seek sensory experiences, and perhaps even for children who need some encouragement in that area.
Please do not worry that your child will get too cold. Trust that your child knows his or her body best: if they are cold, they will tell you. To prevent drowning, it is always important to supervise children while they are puddle jumping. However you can still supervise and have fun – jump in and make a splash with your kids!
- How is a puddle made?
- Why do puddles form in some spots, but not in the others?
- What makes a puddle dry up?
- What happens if I do this (stomp and kick)? Or this (toss in a pebble)?
- Why does water ripple?
They are directing their own learning experience, and they don’t even know it!
The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.