Nature Connect 2016 – Mud, Glorious Mud

{Our staff team is attending an inspiring ‘making learning visible’ conference Wednesday, so although there is no bush kindy session this week, enjoy sharing in the children’s wonder and joy as you read all about mud, glorious mud.} 

In the eyes of a child mud and dirt is not something to avoid in case one should get themselves or their clothing dirty.  It is something that begs to be touched, to be collected, to ooze through your fingers, to squelch under your boots.  It is fascinating to watch the change of state as it dries on your hands, and then becomes oozy and liquifies once again as you dip them into the cold dam water.  Start stomping in the clear water of a puddle and before long the mud starts to be created and the colour and viscosity of the water are temporarily altered.  You can create with it, draw in it, dig in it, throw it, slide through it, get stuck in it and just revel in the whole sensory experience it provides.

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Mud can be a multitude of colours and textures, and can smell anything from the sweet dampness of wet earth to having the pungent stench of stagnant dam water.  They say a picture tells a thousand words, so in the rest of this post I will let the pictures tell the delightful bush kindy story of our children and their love of anything to do with mud….

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Written by Nic

 

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