If it’s Tuesday, it must be Mud Day

by Bernie DeKoven on July 10, 2012

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:

  1. Squish, squirt, squash: Mud play offers unique tactile, sensory experiences that are vital to a child’s developing brain.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:


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Lily July 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

There really isn’t another sensory experience quite as amazing as mud play. Maybe because it is one of the few that is first experienced with the feet.

Another thing I see in the video is that it brings people down to the common denominator. Mud covered people are only people. They all have the same skin color, hair color, they are all people having fun in the mud and all the other stuff just doesn’t matter.

Love and laughter,

Bernie DeKoven July 12, 2012 at 10:31 am

Wonderful observations, Lily. Valuable and inspiring. Thanks.

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