Celebrate International Mud Day
From experience we know the following to be true about a Mud Day Celebration:
• You’ll need lots of space, lots of sandy dirt and water, lots of clean clothes standing by, and a really good sporting attitude!
• Things are going to get messy – you’ll get messy, too.
• Worth repeating, things are going to get messy, wet, gloppy, and sticky. This isn’t for the faint of heart, or for neat nicks, and especially not for adults who helicopter.
• The children and adults who participate in your mud day celebration may become unrecognizable during the experience, which just adds to the joy!
• Everybody who has a true Mud Day experience will be forever changed and want to do it again. Try it and see!
• There will be much laughter, shouting, giggling, and loudness in general. Great!
• At least one person will become upset and it most likely will not be a child. (True.)
• Hosing off mud is essential, easy, and great fun, so get a good hose with a good nozzle. Or do this near a lake. (Jumping in a pool when you are full of mud will really mess up the plumbing, so resist the urge!)
Mud Day can be celebrated every summer day on a small scale. If you already have a place for children to mix up sand, dirt, or clay with water, then they’re making mud and slurry. Among the many things your young mixologists will experience are the transformation of materials (rudimentary chemistry), changes in temperature (a measurable attribute), and as an added benefit they’ll have a wonderful shared experience! Play with mud and slurry often supports children to gain new understandings about the processes of absorption, solubility, and even evaporation. They may not use those adult terms, but nonetheless will have first hand experience of these concepts and will have witnessed transformation as they play with these wonderful earthly elements.
Tips for teachers:
Invite children to dictate their slurry recipes to you.
Ask questions that help children describe the consistency, texture, and results they are seeking.
Incorporate descriptive words into your conversations, such as, thick, thin, soupy, gloppy, runny, squishy, etc.
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