Nature play is FUNdamental to a full and healthy childhood – it grows children’s health and happiness. Nature play is proven to significantly improve all aspects of child development – physical, mental, social and emotional, including growth of resilience, self-confidence, learning ability, concentration, creativity and more.
The Nature Play Passports and missions act as great incentives and inspiration to get kids playing independently outdoors.
Make sure the soil you use or buy has no additives, like fertilisers. Children have the uncanny ability to eat dirt, even when they are not trying.
Somewhere with shade is highly recommended as kids can play for hours in these pits. Also somewhere where there is a lot of moisture is good.
Underneath trees or shrubs are great positions for mud pits. They not only provide shade, they allow for the games to include the trees or shrubs, adding another play element to the world being crafted, and creating opportunities for kids to extend their time in being creative.
In gullies or where water runs through your garden. Kids can explore water catchments, practice damming, build pretend rivers, bridges or swimming pools. Adding the element of running water into the mud pit will increase the possibilities for imaginative play.