Mud in Play
In this world of increasing technology, children are spending more of their time in front of screens and less time outdoors. The idea of getting clothes drenched and muddy can be a bit of a scary idea. Playing outside with mud, dirt and soil is great for children. However, parents often stress about the mud and the mess. Mud-play is a highly tactile, sensory experience that actually helps to build the brain. Mud play is inclusive of all children. It allows children to play at their own developmental level. Mud is an open-ended material that meets the diverse needs and interests of different children.
There is certainly something invigorating about plunging your hands or feet into the earth that creates a connectedness between humans and mother nature that we can feel. Let the child spend time in nature to care about the environment.