One of my fellow family childcare committee members coined the term ‘fluffy rain’ in reference to the white stuff falling from the sky during our meeting last Thursday. Maybe it was positive thinking or maybe it was just denial – none of us wanted to believe that it was snowing again at the end of April.
There was no school on Friday and although not all the children were here we still had a larger than normal group. The ‘fluffy rain’ did not dampen anyone’s mood – outdoor play in any type of weather is still preferred over being stuck in a classroom all day.
Most of the morning there was an elaborate dramatic play activity involving an eccentric designer, an art exhibit, and various other characters. I was assigned the role of ‘photographer’ to document the event – perfect because I was taking pictures already.
There was artwork everywhere;
Then someone discovered the steady stream of water running out of the rain barrel overflow spout;
Eventually we had to go back inside because it was too cold for soaking wet toddlers (my decision, not theirs). Before that though we still had some more time to play with wet fluffy rain – on the plexiglass;
One toddler was super excited to discover ‘flowers’;
Hmmm, those ones might be remnants from last summer. However, the pasture sage has been eager to get growing this year. It has been active for a couple weeks already.
Hopefully it won’t be deterred by a little fluffy rain – after all, it is a hardy native prairie plant. It, like the rest of us Manitoba prairie dwellers, should be used to this by now.