My husband brought a rake and cleared the way to help the water rush faster. My little one picked a good spot mid way along our back fence and carefully began putting boats, a rubber duck and a small Dora into the water.
The toys bobbed and tipped. Some got stuck right away but others wobbled their way down with the current. "They're floating, they're floating down the stream! It's working!" shouted my 6 and 3/4 year old (as she now identifies herself).
We picked up stuck toys and returned to the launching spot again and again. The rain started in earnest and we finally headed inside. The basket of toys set by the back door ready for another day.