Oh the mud joy!
to be exuberant and messy. And parents voice out concerns about the
appropriateness of being messy. Parents, when you look at the benefits, you’re
sure to embrace the mess and the joy your child feels.
Reasons why we
should let kids play in mud
You might have
observed that playing in the mud lifts up the mood of children. Did you ever
wonder the connection? Studies says that mud/dirt contains
bacteria called Mycobacterium vaccae which increases the levels of seratonin in
our brains, helping to relax, soothe and calm.
2) Builds immunity
“Exposure to dirt builds immunity that will provide
lifelong protection.” So you don’t have to be a cleanliness freak all the time.
However, you should set some rules like- washing hands after playing in the mud
or before consuming food and no consumption of mud
Mud involves the use of multiple senses. When you use such as a medium
to teach, the learning is internalized quickly as all the senses are well
stimulated. Another reason is that the release of serotonin that occurs when
playing in mud helps to improve cognitive function. This is how it works- If it’s messy,
it is confusing and the play constantly changes. This gives the child a chance
to re-think and re-create.
Little does the dirt diggers know that
the messy play is actually enhancing their skills. You can look at setting up a
corner for mud play where the child can pretend play and have various other
plays. Just provide the age-apt play tools like shovels, small rakes,
buckets, and water. The child will get excited to use all the equipment thereby
developing large and small muscles and improving balance, self-control and
coordination skills. Not just this, but it inspires social skills such as
cooperation, communication, and sharing as they work together.
Mud is something that we can mold, sieve,
decorate and do so much more, such that no child can get disinterested. While a
toddler can have sensory experience (the sensation of mud between their
fingers and toes,) the preschoolers will have
evolve the play, by making mud blocks, digging treasure, making tunnels and
have a much more organized play.