1st September, 2011 - Posted by - 9 Comments
As adults, it can be easy to forget the joy of getting dirty and muddy that we experienced during our own childhoods, but that is exactly what we need to do.
Think back — and remember the absolute delight that puddle jumping, making mud pies and digging in the dirt gave you.
Now hold on to that feeling.
Getting dirty is a right of childhood, and should be encouraged! It’s easy as parents or educators to forget that, and not want to make more clean-up work for ourselves. But letting kids be kids, and everything that goes with it, truly is worth the extra bit of effort on our parts.
So, the next time you catch yourself thinking, I really don’t want to have to clean up muddy foot prints – remember these three little words: Dirt is good!
This school year, why not celebrate Take it Outside Week, October 16-22?! It will give you a chance to celebrate the wonders of the natural world, while inspiring educators and caretakers to make outdoor play and learning an important part of children’s daily lives.
Click here for lots of ideas and activities to help you make Take it Outside Week a success!
I will be making mud pies if you need me.
Play on! ~ Bethe
Bethe Almeras, MS, is the HSBS Education & Outreach Director. A long time educator and play advocate, she is passionate about outdoor play and connecting children with nature. In her free time Bethe writes a blog, The Grass Stain Guru, and can often be found playing outside and enjoying Mother Nature. She is particularly fond of chatting with squirrels.