Family Matters: Celebrate Mud Day!
Friday, June 29, 2012
For some fun ideas on how to "celebrate" this holiday, Jeanine Silversmith of RI Families in Nature shared some ideas:
Once you’ve mixed up some dirt and water, here are some ideas to get the kids started:
grab a shovel and pail and start making mud pies
construct mud houses using toy trucks
water the garden without shoes on
create a river in the dirt and build a dam
find some paint brushes (or not) and let the kids decorate their bodies
make mud balls and decorate with rocks, sticks, leaves, etc.
And in case you’re not convinced by the simple fact that playing in mud is fun, take note of some of the many benefits that mud play offers:
tactile, sensory experiences are essential to children’s developing brains
playing in mud can improve hand-eye coordination and the understanding of cause and effect
playing in dirt supports the development of a stronger immune system (I love this one!)
Here’s the dirt (I couldn’t resist!): The World Forum Foundation started International Mud Day as part of its Nature Action Collaborative for Children initiative to “re-connect children with the natural world by making developmentally appropriate nature education a sustaining and enriching part of the daily lives of the world’s children.”
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