International Mud Day aims to connect children around the globe through the earth which is celebrated on 29th June worldwide.
Today isn’t a day to be hesitant about mud. No, instead it’s a day to embrace mud wholeheartedly. Somehow, children’s connection to nature has become an ideal instead of a reality. It’s something we have to plan and organize rather than an ordinary part of their every day. Yet, the connection to nature is something extraordinary to support their very natures for a lifetime—and ours.
Mud play is very sensory, from the smooth, slippery sensations as the mud oozes over our skin to the tight, dry feeling as the mud dries. There is no doubt that this is sensory play, and not just for hands. If getting a whole self all covered with mud isn’t part of the plan for the day, it’s also fun to squish, pat, stir, dig, and bake with mud. Just add imagination to the dirt and water. Along with spoons and bowls, kids might want to use rocks, sticks, grass, flowers, pine cones, leaves, and bark for a mud soup. Kids may want to use small plastic toys that can get muddy and then be washed, too.
During mud play, kids are making connections such as:
• Discovering the science of change. As dirt is mixed with water, it changes. Instead of a solid it becomes a liquid and now it can be poured. To mould mud, only a little water is needed.
• Figuring out the math concepts of more and less. More water added to mud makes quite a difference. One spoon of mud is little and one bowl of mud is lots, even though it is still one.
• How to interact with playmates by sharing, negotiating, taking turns and more.
• Ways to use language to communicate and learning new words such as squishy, slippery, thick, and more.
Mud play engages more than the sense of touch. There’s a lot to see and hear and smell, but hopefully not taste. Mud play is wash and dry and is always different. To allow the children to experience ‘this connection’ Orchids The International School, Thane celebrated “Mud Day” on 21st and 22nd July with K1 and K2 students. School had planned different activities like ‘mud painting’, ‘mud racing ’and ‘creative play with wet and dry mud’. Children were excited to have this experience. They found a new play world which was different from the technological world.