Thursday, June 29 is International Mud Day! What a great opportunity for children to celebrate nature and feel connected to the Earth!
Time to get out the garden hose and create some mud for your children to play in! As play expert Allison Gopnik says, "What all kids need is more mud, relatives and livestock!" So if you can find a dog or pig to wallow with...even better!
You can find ideas on how to make your own backyard mud kitchen you can find ideas at Community Playthings and 1001 Gardens.
Then, check out these books about sloshing about in the dirt and mud for inspiration:
Emily Green-Cain is part of our Bringing Books to Life outreach program. She teaches literacy skills to teachers and parents, and does storytimes for children. Learn more about Bringing Books to Life.