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rainy outside scene with a swollen creek and wet trees
After this past week here in New England, I can't imagine talk of a drought. The creek that runs through our backyard is a raging river and I don't remember what the sun looks like.

Yet the rain inspires me to write about some fun rain projects you can do around your yard and with your kids to pass the time on rainy days.

Since we have gotten so much rain, I thought it would be fun to measure the amount of rainfall that has graced us. It is so easy to make a rain gauge ruler, from an old olive or peanut butter jar and this printable rain ruler. You can graph the daily rainfall with your kids -- or your science-minded husband! -- and make it something to look forward to on rainy days.

Maybe your little readers would like to create a rain book with you. Walks in the rain (and splashing in the puddles!) can make for focused observation time about what rain feels like and how the world looks different when it is raining. A little research and you've got fodder for a fun book that makes the whole family excited about rainy days.

Looking for some other rain projects? Try building your own rain barrel to collect rain water for plants or planting a native rain garden to catch runoff water and enhance your landscaping.


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