It’s also beneficial in more ways than you may realise and it should be a normal part of everyday play.
Mud has been a part of play for as long as children have discovered the fun of mixing water with soil. There is some real science behind it though.
Let’s look at the top 5 benefits of playing in mud.
Well, that goes without saying. Just ask any kid. They know instinctively that mud play is fun. What they need are opportunities and permission from adults to get dirty.
2: Mud Connects Kids to Nature
Playing with mud is a foundational activity that could lead to a child developing a strong and empathetic understanding of the natural environment.
3: Mud Creates Memories
Mudplay creates positive outdoor experiences that reinforces the benefits of playing outdoors and being active.
4: Mud Reduces Allergies and Asthma
With increasing evidence that today’s society is too clean, playing in mud is a safe and fun way to boost natural resistance in young bodies.
5: Playing in Mud Boosts Creativity
You might think your child is just getting dirty in the mud, but the open ended nature of mud play is very beneficial to the developing brain. When playing in mud children are not only exercising but also developing their ability to form ideas, problem solve, think critically and be inventive and innovative.
So you thought it was just mud! The benefits are clear for your child's developing physical and mental health. Don’t be afraid of a little mud. It’s doing more good than you can imagine...and your children will love it too.
This article first appeared at Nature Play Queensland - Getting our kids outdoors.