I wrote about our plans for creating a dirt patch at preschool. The children helped us to select a site, brainstorm ideas and draw up plans.
Well folks, one truck load of dirt later and our dream of dirt is now a reality!
Basically the truck just drove on in and dumped a big old load of dirt. Unfortunately, it happened out of hours so our kids couldn't join in the excitement as they did when we took delivery of a new load of sand.
We have put a temporary edging around the patch using tyres, logs and tree cookies.
The dirt patch is the new 'in' place.
A hive of activity with trucks, spades, wheelbarrows and buckets. The kids have been moving planks and tree cookies in as well to add to their play.
When the weather didn't oblige us by raining, we added our own water to get some mud play happening:
The children have been digging, making roads and bridges, making mud, filling, transporting, imagining, creating, working together, solving problems, overcoming construction obstacles proving once again that the simplest things in life are often the best!
This post has some useful ideas for those of you who might be interested in introducing dirt play at home or in an early childhood setting, as well as some tips about creating your own patch of dirt.