Just playing? Mud


This is the second week we are joining in the Just Playing? series. Last week we featured dress up play, and a few readers made great observation points. Be sure to check it out!

This week we played in the mud!



Now it is your turn to add your observations in comments!

We may be “just playing”, but….

What are the children doing here?

What do you see?

What learning is taking place?

What skills are being practiced/developed?

just playing This post is part of the “Just Playing?” Blog Hop!

Thank you for remembering that young children do not “just play.” Young children play. They develop through play. They learn through play. They experiment through play. They grow through play. A child’s work is play. Play is important!

Please take a moment to reflect upon the photos and questions above. I would love for you to share your observations in a comment.



  1. says

    I love the sensory exploration here! The boy is clearly exploring how the mud feels to squish between his fingers! It looks like the girl in the last photo may have added some water to some of the dirt and is exploring how the dry and wet dirt react a bit differently under the wheels of her truck. I wonder if she noticed a difference in the tracks of the two types of dirt. And she is using her full body to power the truck giving her gross motor skills a bit of a workout!
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  2. says

    I think that this child is gaining wonderful experience in understanding nature. In moving this “earth”, he has the potential to gain understanding of such things as simple as full vs. empty and even more complex scientific principles such as erosion, displacement, liquids, solids, etc. Play with mud is full of learning for YEARS of development!
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