In our first home, my oldest son had what he called "my hole." It was a hole in our backyard. Probably about a foot deep and a foot and a half wide. I don't know how it got there, it just was. He would play trucks and army guys in that hole.
He'd dig in it.
He'd plant random things in it.
It was his hole.
Now we have a different house and another son, and he's at the age now for his own hole. And I'll be darned, he has one. Part of our side yard doesn't drain real well and there's a natural hole that collects rain. And therefore mud.
And our 3 yr old loves his hole! He asks to put on his boots and go stomp around in that muddy hole. Yes, we let him. :-)
Are you ready for some mud? Even if your kids don't have holes of their very own (we may be the only people with random holes in the yard)...you can celebrate International Mud Day tomorrow, June 29th! World Forum International says "International Mud Day is children and early childhood professionals all over the world celebrating nature, outdoors, and mess by getting really muddy."
4 Ideas from Growing A Jeweled Rose blog:
-Make a mud pit
-Throw a MUD party
-Paint with mud (pic from KinderCare pinterest)
-Mud sensory bin (pic also from Growing A Jeweled Rose blog)
Other MUD Day Ideas:
-"Mud" Dessert---pudding, crushed oreos, and a gummy worm
-Read about worms! We have this book from For Small Hands and our little guy loves it!
-Write a poem about mud
-Use plastic toy animals to make prints in the mud and then have your child match the animal to it's tracks.
Whatever you choose to do, happy Mud Day!