A Celebration of Mud!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2011 in blog | 0 comments

This week our Little Champions have been celebrating everything to do with mud.  We have been making good use of our Mud Pie Kitchen and foraging around the site for ingredients to mix and cook up in our mud pies.  The children really enjoy this sensory experience where they can be creative and engage in role play with their friends, learning to negotiate, take turns and to use their imagination.  We are always on the lookout for new Mud Pie Kitchen equipment to add to our current collection so if you have any pots and pans, cake tins, spoons, spatulas, bowls or anything else we could use please bring it along when your child next attends nursery!

We have been making Mud Paintings by mixing mud into our paints.  The children used a variety of tools to do this.  Brushes, knives and forks, and hands and fingers too!  Some children took this a step further and enjoyed making a plaster like substance using mud and sand.  They then spread this over different objects in the garden.  The children’s hand eye co-ordination is developing by doing this and they are learning how to effectively manipulate and use a variety of tools. This forms part of their physical development.

We also created a swamp for the children to play in.  They had a fantastic time jumping into the mud from large objects which we placed nearby.  Some children experimented by making mud sculptures too!  A few of our older children decided to bring some slides over to the area and use them to slide into the swamp.  They had an enormous amount of fun and our garden became a muddy swamp slide spectacular in the beautiful sunshine!  The children worked collaboratively to create this area with us, suggesting where they would like the slides, crates and other objects to be.  They supported one another in their play, demonstrating an increasing personal, emotional and social intelligence.
The children have really embraced the mud this week!  Children can learn so much from taking part in messy activities like these.  As part of our commitment to outdoor learning we recognise this and we make every effort to encourage the children to take part in and learn from outdoor experiences.  Recent research conducted in New Zealand has shown that mud is beneficial to children’s development.  The different bacterias present in mud are inhaled by the children during their play.  This increases their serotonin levels giving them a positive sense of wellbeing. This process can stimulate the growth of important neurons in the child’s brain.  Mud is good for children!
I’m in Love with Mud!

I’m in love with mud,
It’s sad, I know, but true.
I just can’t help but splash in it,
Or stomp a path right through.

It’s sticky and it’s dirty,
And it covers all my clothes.
But when I see it lying there,
A voice inside me grows…

…You can’t resist, you know I’m right,
It’s fun to play in mud!
Look at it just sitting there,
I really think you should!

I splatter in the grimy gloop,
I can’t resist the ooze!
I run, I jump, I stamp about,
It drips into my shoes!

By Gareth Lancaster

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