This week, the boys decided to do some work in the garden which is due to be replanted with veggies. As it turns out, our potential veggie garden is now a mud pit.
The good news is that 'mud, mud, glorious mud' has at least five glorious benefits for children!
1. Mud promotes sensory experiences
... which stimulate the development of complex connections in the brain. These connections allow children to learn, remember, recognise, etc.
In other words, playing in mud is good for the brain!!!
2. Mud develops stronger immune systems
It's true! Research has proven that by playing in mud, children's immune systems are strengthened which paves the way for better health throughout a person's life.
3. Mud supports a healthy heart
Did you know that playing in dirt and mud exposes children to germs and pathogens which actually reduce the risk of cardiovascular inflammation in adulthood?
4. Mud reinforces skills
... (e.g., hand-eye coordination) and concept development (e.g., cause and effect) as children play with mud, scooping, pouring, moulding, measuring, etc.
5. Mud reduces stress
"Messy" or "sensory" play is often very soothing. There's no right or wrong way to play. It's all about exploration and enjoying the moment.
Also, playing in mud gets children outdoors in nature which in itself is very therapeutic.
I've often noticed that when children (and adults) get outside in nature, stress magical disappears. Have you noticed this with your children?
So, if playing in mud is good for the brain, the immune system, cardiovascular health and mental health, there's only one thing left to say ....
Well, maybe tomorrow when the weather's a bit warmer! :o
Do your children love playing in mud?
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