Monday, March 15, 2010

creating a dirt / mud patch at preschool

Do you remember a while ago I posted about the joys of playing with mud?

Well guess what?  We are getting a dirt / mud patch at preschool!  Is it a teeny bit sad to be excited over a pile of dirt?

My amazing Director called us all, young and not so young, to the proposed site of said dirt patch for a dirt patch brainstorming session.

How big should our dirt patch be?
Let's measure it out in people.

How would we keep the dirt in the dirt patch?
  • with walls and a gate
  • with lego walls
  • with logs
  • with tunnels
What would our dirt patch look like?
Let's draw some plans.

Have you created a digging patch?  I'd love some photos for inspiration.

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  1. I dont know if there are any photos but C & K in Buderim has a lovely big digging patch that gets A LOT of use. Is near a tap that gets a hose attached and then PVC (?) pipes (you know those white plumber ones) get all joined up and there are elbow bend and t-intersection ones and so all sorts of pipe designs get made and then there are some open pipes (half pipes) so can float boats and leaves down. Also lots of digging implements such as child sized but actual not toy hoes and shovels and rakes etc

    Lots of crates of trucks and diggers etc

    The kids would spend hours in there

  2. Oh, that sounds amazing. I'll go have a look. Thanks Michele for taking the time to pass that all on. I love the idea of the pipes.

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  4. I'm not going to be able to help you with this one Jenny. Where we live, it rains so much that mud just happens throughout most of the year!

    I will say, however, that the idea of getting the water close to where you want the mud is key. =)

  5. I've been pondering about this quiet much... it sure raises a few questions..

  6. Unfortunately I couldn't find the C & K in Burderim :(

    Seems like you have a naturally built in water source Tom!

    I think once we get the dirt / mud patch up and running we will need to increase our supply of spare kindy clothes :)

  7. Lots of lovely ideas. One extra though here is to have a board, wall or other vertical surface near to the the digging area where children can throw the mud and watch it splat and slide down the wall. Very, very messy but very, very popular...!

  8. Lots of great ideas here. I'd like to suggest bringing a bag of real earth clay into the mud area.
    When children discover this "new" (ancient) "mud"..I can only imagine the fun as the clay will, of course, hold its shape
    as it is molded. It could already be cut up or broken up by the mom/teacher to appear more natural as well as taken out of the plastic bag. If it gets wet it is just mushier and if it gets dry it can be gotten wet again. The sculpted pieces could be air dried or the kids could bake it in their "pretend" ovens. Someone try this and let us know how it works. Separating one's self from the idea that clay is precious or expensive and should only be used for an "art" project is important here for the teacher or mom. Potters and schools sometimes have bags that get hard and they might not want to bother with soaking it in water. Have fun; YTM