ST PETERS LUTHERAN EARLY LEARNING CENTRE PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL MUD DAY
International Mud Day is a special day when children and adults from all around the world feel closer to each other by playing in mud on the same day.
!We decided this was an excellent opportunity to further develop community bonding, thus we invited our Reception class, parents and children from Eden Hills & Blackwood Kindergarten, Blackwood Community child care and Goodstart Early Learning Centre to join in the fun.
The exciting learning environments included a mud kitchen where yummy mud and sand cakes and muffins could be made. A mural paper for coloured mud painting, a slippery mud slide, a mud digging mound, a mud track for trucks, a creative clay creatures station, a mud brick making area plus lots more.
We discovered the experience of playing in mud challenged and delighted us. It allowed us to overcome fear whilst bringing us joy, wonder and loads of laughter. This day bonded us together because we also knew people all over world were taking time from their busy lives to play together, no matter the weather (not so warm for us in the Southern hemisphere). We remembered that we are all God’s children and differences do not matter in the mud where we can respect each other and the world of nature, regardless of our age, race and religion, covered in mud, we all look the same!
Mud is quintessential to the outdoors, and the outdoors mean fresh air and exercise, two of the best things for everyone. Some parents initially expressed concern about the dirt being full of bad germs however plenty of research has shown that coming into contact with a certain amount of bacteria is good for us, as it helps build up immunity, as opposed to living in a virtually sterile environment, which makes our bodies very vulnerable.
Playing in mud develops children’s sensory skills and we know that hands-on play feeds children’s brains. It encourages creative thinking and stimulates creativity and imagination – things that are hard to jump start later in life. Mud play also has many cognitive benefits because mud is an open ended material that meets the different needs and interests of different children. A younger child might be right into the sensory experience while older pre-schoolers are busy making their own mud bricks. With mud, there is something for everyone. Our ELC children are the future generation and educating children to have respect and appreciation for our natural environment is an important part of early childhood education.
We take pride in offering a range of experiences designed to enhance learning and understanding about environmental awareness and sustainability.