Yesterday afternoon some sand and water play in the garden developed into the children making mud pies. They had great fun adding grass, mud, berries, feathers and twigs to their pies and proudly showed off their creations to their parents at pick up time!
Making mud pies is number 13 on the National Trusts list of “50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ ” that I have spoken about before.
Whilst this may seem an insignificant activity, children actually learn a lot from mud play –
- Children express their creativity, enhance their fine motor skills, and practice literacy, science, and math skills whilst playing with mud. The mud is an art medium that children mold and decorate in unique, creative ways. The creations become the centre of children’s play. Adding small ingredients to their creations allows them to use their fine motor skills.
- They have opportunities to practice emergent science and maths skills, such as making before-and-after comparisons; investigating solids, solvents, and solutions; examining components of various soils; exploring changes due to freezing and melting; measuring; investigating volume; practicing one-to-one correspondence; investigating questions; and solving problems
- Playing with mud also encourages the development of positive dispositions: independence, cooperation, communication, curiosity, and responsibility. Children learn to work cooperatively, complete tasks, develop independence, enhance communication and social skills, and experience pride in completed creations.