June 29th is International Mud Play Day! In celebration, we have dedicated an entire week to the ooey, gooey wonder of mud. We mixed vats of dirt and water on the roof and even brought some into the classrooms for exploration.
THE SCIENCE OF MUD PLAY
Source: Nature Play, Queensland
There is a growing body of research into why kids have an inbuilt need to play in mud. There is evidence suggesting that mud play is a basic biological need, and this type of play has many physical, psychological and emotional benefits for children.
MUD MAKES YOU HAPPY
MUD INCREASES BRAIN ACTIVITY
MUD INCREASES PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
MUD REDUCES YOUR SUSCEPTABILITY TO DEPRESSION
MUD REDUCES ALLERGIES & ASTHMA SYMPTOMS
MUD PLAY BUILDS CREATIVITY
KEY DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES ACHIEVED THROUGH MUD PLAY
FOUNDATIONAL LEARNING HAPPENS THROUGH MUD PLAY
MUD PLAY CAN REDUCE CHILDHOOD ANXIETY AND STRESS
MUD PLAY CREATES CHILDHOOD MEMORIES
BUILDING AN ADVENTUREOUS SPIRIT THROUGH MUD PLAY
MUD BUILDS A CONNECTION WITH NATURE
MUD IS FUN!