Mud Play for Fun & Learning
As the weather warms up, there are more opportunities for mud play.
The Benefits of Mud Play
Why should young children play in mud? Read about some benefits in:
- The Magic of Dirt: 10 Benefits of Mud Play
- Mud, Marvelous Mud!
- Mud Play for Kids: Why It’s Worth the Mess
Getting Ready for Mud Play
- Stay away from dirt or mud that has been contaminated by animals or harmful chemicals.
- Check the area for sharp or abrasive debris.
- Be clear about where children can dig.
- Dress for the mess. Mud play is messy play.
- Wash hands thoroughly after your child finishes playing.
Mud Play Activities
Squishing, digging, patting and stomping mud are all fun activities. But there’s so much more you can do. Find some ideas in:
- Mud Activities for Kids
- Mud Activities for Kids: 7 Creative Ways to Have Fun with Mud
- My 9 Favorite Mud Play Activities Plus One Fun Clean Up Activity!
- Now Read This! Books That Inspire Mud Play and Exploration
- Preschool Play Plans: Mud-Luscious Play
For more ideas, contact the Decoda Library to borrow some books on nature-based learning.
Mud Kitchens and Mud Pits
Have you ever built a mud kitchen?
For more tips on making and using a mud kitchen, download Making a Mud Kitchen.
Not much space? Try The Simplest DIY Mud Kitchen You Can Make or follow the directions in How to Make a Mobile Mud Patch for Play in your Backyard.
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