In celebration of International Mud Day, the Children’s Center will be having some good, dirty, muddy fun on Friday, June 29. Teachers Ariel and Mandy have worked hard with donations from Home Depot, Green Acres and Cascade Rock to transform a shady corner of the preschool yard into a wonderful mud pit. It really is too nice to be called a pit with its slate entry path, redwood rounds and tropical plants along the border and special Plexiglas splash guard. The Casas have already been giving it some test runs and there is even a rinsing station set up.
The very first ‘Mud Day’ was started in Nepal and Australia. Two doctors who are a part of the Nature Action Collaborative for Children, a committee in the World Forum Foundation, planned with two groups of children a day to “take a step closer to Mother Nature (Bhatta).”
Bishnu Bhatta and Gillian McAuliffe got a group of children together on each continent. They created a special event which would bring children and their teachers together. Reflections on their experience provide insight into the beauty of mud and a child’s interaction with it.
Programs around the world use this special day to promote and celebrate children’s connections with nature. Last year the Nepal event included an elephant to jump from, but alas, no elephants here!
Children’s Center director Denise learned about it at the World Forum in Belfast and the first Mud Day was three years ago here at the center. They have been setting up a temporary area each year, but now are thrilled to announce a more permanent installation!
> Benefits of playing in dirt!
References: NACC Newsletter, The Wonder of Mud: Reflections from Nepal written by Bishnu Bhatta and The Wonder of Mud: Reflections from Australia written by Gillian McAuliffe.
Monday, June 20, 2011 and Childcareinfo.com