Today, yes, today, July 10, the very day upon which you’re reading this post, “Wayne County Parks in Michigan celebrates 25 years of Mud Day” the good people of Playgroundology inform us. “We all know that mud has undetectable magnetic qualities that draws kids with an irresistible force. It’s elemental like water, earth, air and fire. Kids from miles around will be getting pulled into the soupy mud vortex at Nankin Mills Recreation Center in Hines Park, Westland next week.”
“Mud play,” note the equally good people at Kaboom, “benefits children in three crucial ways:
- Squish, squirt, squash: Mud play offers unique tactile, sensory experiences that are vital to a child’s developing brain.
- As children run mud through fingers, scoop mud from containers, and create mud pies, they develop their hand-eye coordination and learn about cause and effect.
- Hold the hand sanitizer: Research shows that kids who play in dirt (including very wet dirt) develop stronger immune systems that can pave the way for better health throughout their adult lives.
But most importantly, mud play is downright fun!”
Downright fun. I couldn’t agree more. Sensuous in just about every sense you can think of. Intimate. Freeing. Naughty in a good way. Full-body, full-contact engagement with community, with the world. Fun, just thinking about the fun of it all.
And while you’re at it, watch this: