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Mud is much more than just fun to play in for children. There are social, physical, cognitive and health benefits to playing in mud. Did you know ...
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Mudilicious inspired fun by Tiny Treks
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Mud play helps build the immune system in children according to recent studies. According to the National Wildlife Association, kids who live in ultra clean, constantly sanitized environments are more likely to have asthma, allergies and other autoimmune diseases. Let kids play in the mud for optimal immune building health.
Throw out the flashcards and go dig in the mud. Playing in the mud has proven to release serotonin, which results in improved cognitive functioning.
Kinesthetic, sensory play helps kids’ brains. Kids today are often plugged in to one dimensional screens. Mud play can lead to infinite imaginative and tactile learning.
Take out some paint brushes and create mud art. Develop the inner and outdoor artist in your child. They will take more risks in their creations in the mud.
Mud is a great sibling and friend equalizer. Often one child is more cognitive, another more verbal, another more tactile. Mud is for all learners. Watch the cooperative play that follows. There is plenty of mud to go around, so sharing is not an issue.
Pam Worth MA, BCC is the founder of Tiny Treks (www.tinytreks.com), an innovative parent participation outdoor exploration program which has served thousands of families since 1997. Pam is also a
parent educator specializing in workshops on Healthy Lifestyles
for Families. Her uniquely effective parenting and teaching strategies were
developed through her 30 years of experience in early childhood, elementary and parent education along with teacher mentorship, and family coaching. Currently, Pam is a guest lecturer at parenting workshops throughout the country and is
recognized for pioneering outdoor education programing for early childhood. She also specializes in guiding families to reducing media interference, identifying creative boundaries and alternatives to media usage. Pam focuses on Mindful Parenting through creative ideas and tools.
her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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