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Mud Play

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While playing with mud, children are learning and testing theories, as well as developing foundational understanding of maths and literacy.

Written by: Sharon Donnellan  

Mud Play

 

The open-ended nature of mud play is perfect for the developing brain. There is no end to the creations, ideas and games children will invent. During this type of unstructured, outdoor play, children are not only exercising but are building their ability to form ideas, problem solve, and think critically, as well as be innovative and inventive.

 

As children grow through their formative years, mud play provides a unique sensory experience due to its unique oozy,squishy texture whch is perfect for patting, slapping, plopping and squashing. Through this play children will help them develop fine and gross motor skills, sensory awareness, balance and coordination.  Mud play will also create opportunities to practice social skills and help children to make sense of the world.

 

While playing with mud, children are learning and testing theories, as well as developing foundational understanding of maths and literacy.

 

While kids are braving the mud, sloshing and squelching around, they are challenging themselves, expanding their experiences and in turn, their world. Instilling and nurturing critical thinking and risk taking. This helps children build and strengthen their values and attitudes toward adventure, and develops important skills that can be carried through to adulthood.

 

 
 
Mud Play Ideas
  • Find a small clear plastic tub and fill it with water and soil
  • Dress in suitable clothes and find soil in the garden
  • Add water and watch the fun begin! Add cars, trucks, pots and pans

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