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Rain, Rain, Come and Play: Backyard Adventures for the Wet Season

It’s easy to equate the dreary season that hits the Pacific Northwest each fall with frizzy hair, soggy leaves and too much time spent cooped up indoors with stir-crazy kids. 

But while parents may look outside and see a muddy yard and gray skies, for a child, a rainy landscape offers a novel way to explore a familiar landscape.

Puddle jumping boyPlus, as Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods", reminds us, nature is the ultimate sensory experience. “We tend to block off many of our senses when we're staring at a screen,” he writes. “Nature time can literally bring us to our senses.”

Here are some creative ways to encourage your family to unplug from electronics and get out and explore.

Experiment with rain – and junk

Build a gutter course

Have a hootenanny

Gather 'round a fire

Explore mud

Investigate bugs and worms

Build a rain-proof fort

Create a garden hideout

Make rain art

Bird watch

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