We spent the morning at the Nature Center. Again. They love that place. I spend lots of time at the dirt playground watching my kids playing in the dirt and mud. I don’t know the official name but that is what we call it! They love making mud pies, dirt gardens, and dirt volcanoes. I love seeing them pretend and have fun with “mother earth”!
…parents are hurting their children by treating dirt as a four-letter word. Our extreme culture of cleanliness and fear of contact with everyday germs is interrupting children’s impulses to explore and experiment, and thwarting the human body’s natural means of protection” From the Chicago Tribune
I am thankful that we have that great muddy resource for our kids nearby. I remember that I loved playing in the dirt and mud too when I was little. In fact, I have one vivid memory of making a really amazing series of interconnecting dirt tunnels so that our imaginary boats could sail around my friend’s backyard. We were so proud when we showed her mom. Her mom was not so proud that we dug up her backyard. So again what a great resource to have. Then we can wash the kids down at the water pump and get in the car and go home to our mostly mud-free yard!
Do your kids love playing in the dirt and mud? Are you down with mud pies?
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