The problem with having Mud Day on the Friday before my vacation begins is that then I’m too busy working on my vacation projects to write about anything. So, since my ‘vacation’ is nearly over and my projects are almost complete here’s a very quick post about June 29, 2018.
The weather forecast said there was a chance of rain and there was a tiny bit of rain before we got outside – we wouldn’t have minded if it had continued. Once outside, the children immediately ran to check out the pool full of semi-dry soil;
Some were curious why it was only dirt but then I asked them if they were certain it was only dirt. They dug deeper…
It took much longer than I expected for them to find all the ‘dinosaur bones‘ hidden in the dirt so I didn’t bother bringing out the new activity cards – today the mud play was their main focus – I’ll introduce the card activities another day.
The children were becoming less interested in playing in the pool of dirt and seemed to prefer playing in the bins of water meant for washing the dirt off the bones.
So, I changed it up a bit…
Some of the children liked this much better;
Later we added some corn flour to the mud to make mud dough which the older children enjoyed playing with all afternoon while the littles napped;
As I watched the children engaged in their mud day activities I was already making plans for Mud Day 2019. I knew that one of my vacation projects was removing the old deck – where we were currently playing with mud – but I also knew that there would still be space for mud play and so much more.
You though, will have to wait until after my vacation is over and I’ve finished all my projects before you get to see the new outdoor play space. 😉
June 29th is International Mud Day – something we celebrate every year. This year the school-age children were thrilled that there was no school so they were able to join in the day’s activities. I had the water table set up full of dirt – it was up to the children to add the water and make the mud;
I also put out another bin with plain water for hand washing but some of the children enjoyed making repeated trips from mud to hand washing and back so really there were TWO mud bins. I cleaned the hand washing bin and added fresh water several times but it always looked like this;
Because of this;
We were outside all morning and the children took breaks from mud play to build bridges;
play tag, and capture things like this;
There was a five minute downpour which was very exciting after I reassured the children that we would NOT have to go back inside. We do often play in the rain but because we didn’t have raincoats and boots some of the children were concerned that we were not properly dressed for the weather. However, it was Mud Day and everyone had clean clothes waiting inside so all that rain was just a bonus 🙂 It created some muddy puddles and the tarp became a slip and slide;
and the mud table got soupier;
Then, one of the children notice that the first tomato has begun to grow. Three of the children decided to ‘watch’ it for nearly 20 minutes ‘waiting for it to turn red’.
I think maybe it will be ready when they return in two weeks – after my vacation. I wonder if they will remember to check, or will they be too interested in exploring all the other new things – my ‘vacation to-do list’ is two pages long. I love vacation time but the return of the children is so exciting too!
My vacation has officially begun so for the next two weeks it will be very quiet around here – except for the sounds of power tools and the odd bit of ‘language’ that occurs during renovations. 🙂 However, I wanted to first share a few of the highlights of our celebration of International Mud Day.
Of course being the last day before the holidays also meant that 75% of the children were absent but that didn’t stop the rest of us from playing with mud. First we had a discussion about what ‘international’ means and then we started with dirt — feeling the texture and breaking up lumps;
Then we added the water and mixed;
It is during experiences like this that I miss having an area with lawn to run around on. Mud and water makes the deck very slippery and we would loose all the mud in the gravel area. We added a few toys to the mud bin;
And tried shaping and moulding the mud;
There were some cool hand prints;
The water table was originally going to be another mud station but with so few children we didn’t need the extra space so I just filled it with water which ultimately became more popular than the mud bin. They love playing with water more than anything else. The first bit of mud introduced to one side of the water table instantly turn the water black which prompted a half hour of “Come to the dark side” play.
In the end the dark side prevailed;
It was a fantastic way to spend our last day before vacation and we topped it off with a special snack – homemade frozen yogurt (plain yogurt + frozen fruit + blender);