Things have been quiet around here, Miss Cherub is now 4 weeks old and we are still settling in. Dimples has been a great little helper and his usual active self. We have been having lots of fun, so although the blog may be getting a bit quieter we certainly aren't and life is very busy at the moment until we find our new rhythm.
In recent months we have been experimenting with mud.
Here is a round up of the Muddy Posts to convince you its not so bad :)
Dimples loves to get messy and loves the outdoors. In the backyard he has his very own mud pit, right next to his sand pit and a very cool mud kitchen (see below) this feed the messy outdoor play addiction. It provides endless avenues of play and learning experiences, playing with mud doesn't have to end with mud pies!
I realise not every one is keen on letting their child play in the mud but we here in the Australian country are used to the dirt and mud, we embrace it. You wont see a door step that doesn't have a muddy pair of gumboots sitting by the door.
Let me try and convince you that it is a good thing with a round up of our Mud play. Take note, as you look through, to the lovely happy and cheerful expressions on Dimples face as he plays away.
This was one of the first adventures we had with mud. I was sceptical and had to do a little research to reassure myself it was OK to give him free range of mud. We started with the classic mud pies and gumboots. Dimples had a ball, he enjoyed it so much; This post has info on why mud is good for kids to play with.
If you aren't comfortable with free range of mud and after a quick clean up, or if you're in an apartment or city where mud just isn't easily accessed this one is for your children. A mud sensory tub, keep it all in the tub and it can be tipped out and washed after the play is finished.
Another post that includes information on why it is good to let the children get messy and play in mud. Its a free and endless resource with many benefits, check out these 8 reasons.
This is the marvellous Mud kitchen that Dimples Adventurous Dad built him. It is awesome and has been one of the best gifts he has. He loved his outdoor play and this kitchen, which cost next to nothing has provided him with so many memorable play experiences already.
Something different where the child gets to explore mud without getting absolutely covered in it. This post was Dimples mud painting, or should I say splatting? Art is all about the process and this one, done with mud was really process art. Have a look at the different tools we used to create it.
The most recent Mud adventure that is by far my favourite is How we made and played with Mud bricks. Dimples really enjoyed constructing mud brick huts, houses, walls and stairs with the mud bricks that he made himself. It was also a good lesson on how materials are formed.
So there you have it.
Lots of muddy fun in lots of different ways.
Mud play doesn't have to be simple mud pies, it can be what ever you want it to be.
Have I convinced you yet?