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DON'T BE BORING WHEN IT'S POURING; It feels like it's always raining so here are some great ideas for outdoor play for the kids.

AS WE head into autumn, rainy days will become ever more present.

That doesn't mean staying indoors feeling sad.

Primary school teacher Katie Akers and speech and language therapist Steph Scott have penned the Rainy Day Kids Adventure Book to help children embrace all kinds of inclement weather.

They say: "Put on your mac and your wellies and run outside. A marvellous, multi-sensory adventure playground awaits you."

Here are three outdoor activities you can enjoy with the kids Out Pack All items in the Out Pack are easy to find and cheap to buy. You may already have some of them. Keep it well stocked so you don't run out of essentials while you're out and about. Here is a list of what we keep in our Out Packs: 1. Rainy Day Kids Adventure Book (Batsford). 2. Coloured pens.

3. Masking tape. You won't need anything thicker than 12mm wide.

4. Wool. You can get two balls of different colours, a multi-coloured ball or just a ball of your favourite colour. 5. Plastic-coated garden wire. You can buy this in a reel with a safe cutter from anywhere that sells garden supplies.

6. Elastic bands. Flat elastic bands of many colours are useful.

7. Paperclips. 8. Ball of string. 9. Wooden beads. Big and small, bumpy and smooth. 10. Child-friendly scissors. They must be able to cut string.

Troll house The grumpy troll's house is made of mud and stone, his door and window are made of sticks with a leaf roof covered with moss.

Collect together From nature: Stones, leaves, moss 10 small sticks From the Out Pack: 1 wooden bead String, scissors, masking tape How to make it 1. To make the door, cut a piece of string of two arms in length. 2. Tie a fish-on-a-dish knot to the end of one of your sticks. 3. Line up five sticks next to each other to make the door. 4. Lash the sticks to each other at one end, weaving string under and over in turn. 5. Tighten the string between the sticks by winding the tail of the string around each of the joints between the sticks. 6. Repeat steps 2-5 to lash together the other end of the door.

7. Thread the bead to a small length of string. Attach to one of the sticks where the handle should be. Tie a knot.

8. To make the window, take three sticks and make a triangle. Fix them with tape. 9. Snap two sticks into the right length to fit tight inside the frame, and push into place. 10. Prop up the door, and hook your window to a stone, stick or branch, or push into mud. ? Extracted from Rainy Day Kids Adventure Book by Steph Scott and Katie Akers (PS9.99), available on September 7.

Water run Collect rainwater in a water run. Where will they go next? Collect together From nature: 2 sticks, both half an arm's length A bunch of thick leaves of different sizes From the Out Pack String, scissors masking tape How to make it 1. Use a one-arm length of string to tie one end of the sticks together. Pull the other ends apart to make a V shape.

2. Lay your leaves in a line on the ground, face down from biggest to smallest. Make sure each leaf overlaps the one before so there are no gaps.

3. Lay your V-shaped sticks on top of your leaves, with the tied end at the same end as your smallest leaf.

4. Use masking tape to attach sticks to leaves. 5. Turn over and push the open sticks closer together to fold the leaves slightly and make a channel for the water to run down.

6. You can use your water run to fill up a fairy and elf pool. Put the tied end of the V into the pool. Prop up the other end with sticks. You could place a few water runs around the pool.
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Date:Aug 28, 2017
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