Natural elements like mud provide a wonderful focus for children’s innate curiosity.
When children play in the mud they:
- shape their own environment
- engage the senses
- connecting with nature
- solve problems
- play with other children
Providing a learning environment that encourages active interaction with water, dirt, weather, plants and the life cycle offers children education at its most compelling.
Good outdoor clothes are a must: we ask that children bring along suitable wet weather gear and several changes of clothes. We also have a stock of raincoats, gumboots and spare clothing kept at preschool.
The underlying motto is simple: There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!
What did we have on hand for playing in the mud?
- Large tonka trucks
- Sturdy shovels
- different lengths of wood
Here are a few suggested mud activities to get your imagination going:
- Dishes, pans and utensils for cooking (tree stumps provide an ideal flat surface to work on)
- Farm animals and small tractors (sticks are handy to plant in the mud and build enclosures)
- Buckets and wide paint brushes for painting with mud