Even as I write this, I can still hear my mother telling me to stay out of the mud. But know what? She was wrong. Did you know that playing in the mud:
- Can make you happier? It relaxes, soothes and calms children.
- Connects kids to nature? Getting kids outside to play creates happy memories!
- Can make you healthier? It’s actually good for children’s immune systems!
- Makes children smarter? It improves cognitive function.
- Helps children learn? Sensory hands-on play feeds children’s brains!
So, be sure to encourage your child to get dirty and have fun in the mud! You may want to assemble a “mud bucket” and include such materials as old containers, large spoons, plastic measuring cups, scoops and shovels, old pots and pans, gardening tools, flower pots, dump trucks, plastic animals, etc. Include some natural materials such as pebbles, sticks and seeds.
Here are some favourite things to do in the mud:
- Make mud pies and cakes. Stir, stir, stir the mud. Use old containers to bake your cake. Then decorate it with stones, seeds, flowers or leaves.
- Make mud balls. Roll the mud in your hands and shape it into balls. Press in pebbles and seeds and let dry.
- Make roads, rivers, dams and stick bridges.
- Make a construction zone! Bring out the trucks, hard hats and shovels!
“So let your child be a child. Dirt is good. If your child isn’t coming in dirty every day, they’re not doing their job.” ~ Mary Ruebush