Is this your worst nightmare or a wonderful idea of fun?
International Mud day began in 2009 at a World Forum when Gillian McAuliffe from Australia and Bishnu Bhatta from Nepal got together to talk about ways to encourage feelings of community and appreciation for the world around us. They discussed the challenges children face when playing together in the mud. On the plane returning from the Forum, McAuliffe contemplated the obstacles that stand between many children and their ability to enjoy the simple, natural act of playing in mud. Challenges such as cultural preferences for cleanliness, lack of access to “disposable” clothing that can be dirtied and proper cleaning supplies, or dry, sandy geography not conducive to muddy conditions. So this is where Mud day grew from the idea that we should all be able to get down and dirty and have fun in mud, no matter where we live in the world.
The one thing you need to do on International Mud Day is: GET DIRTY!
It doesn’t have to be mud; it could be also be dirt or sand but just one way we can get down and play with the simpler things in life.
So what can you do on this day of mud?
– Find some mud and stomp in it!
– Find some sand and build castles in it!
– Use your imagination and build something with your hands out of natural material.
Read some books about nature play such as:
- Big Fella Rain
- Swimming on the Lawn by Yasmin Hamid
- Mrs White and the Red Desert by Josie Boyle
- Bogtrotter by Margaret Wild
- Grug and his Garden by Ted Hughes
- Yucky Worms by Vivian French