Sensory play is an important part of learning through play. Children engage with materials THROUGH USING ALL THEIR SENSES.
MUD PLAY engages the senses as children use the mud to cook with, imagine they are in a dinosaur swamp, and also use the transformative qualities of mud( it can be made into mud balls, sludgy soup, chocolate sauce) to play with all those real life numeracy concepts like quantity, time, conservation....so lets make a list and keep it simple.
1.Playing in the mud makes you happier.
studies reveal that dirt/ mud contains microscopic bacteria which releases levels of serotonin helping us soothe relax and be calm
2. Playing with Mud connects us to nature.
getting kids outside to interact with their environment creates memories that connect them to one of the most primal elements in our world.
3.Smarter happier children
The same release of serotonin is said to increase cognitive function.
3. Sensory play!
Sensory play and hands on play feeds children's brains.
5. Mud play welcomes all children of all abilities.
Mud is an open ended material and welcomes children of all ages and developmental abilities, from enjoying the squishing of mud through your toes to making mud bricks, it welcomes everyone.
5. Mud play stimulates creative thinking.
Playing with open ended materials like mud allows children to imagine that they are playing with chocolate , in a swamp etc and is key to develop creative thinking.
6.Mud as an art medium!
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7. Positive dispositions.
We all need some spaces to go to play on our own or with a couple of friends and our mud pit provides just that.