Play in the mud, of course! The ability to play in soil and mud is very beneficial to our children, especially in early childhood, when exposure to mud play can help stimulate cognitive functioning in developing brains and even boost immune systems.
According to recent studies, contact with soil improves mood, reduces anxiety, and facilitates learning. Soil contains microscopic bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, which increases the levels of serotonin in our brains.
Playing with mud, which is an open-ended material full of possibilities, can foster creativity and imagination.
Being in nature helps children develop a sense of stewardship. “You can’t care about what you don’t know about.” Allowing our children to be in nature provides opportunities for them to positively interact with the environment.