Never mind keeping clean – these youngsters in Little Cornard have been letting their imaginations run wild in a new mud kitchen.
Children at Yorley Barn Nursery have created muddy art, made pies and cakes, splashed around in mud puddles and joined a range of other activities in a specially-created outdoor environment.
The activities are intended as part of the nursery’s efforts to encourage them to embrace the outdoors and develop their creative skills.
Donna Page, director of Yorley Barn Nursery, said she believes mud play has as much potential for learning as sand play and water play, and she encouraged parents to create their own play spaces at home for their children to enjoy.
“At Yorley Barn, we believe that there are two fundamental reasons why outdoor mud play is critical for young children,” she said.
“Firstly, children develop their fine and gross motor skills through playing outside, as well as their dexterity and balance, all through exploring and risk-taking and having fun in the fresh air.
“Secondly, children of today are growing up with so much technology, excessive TV and computer use, that playing outside is really important.
“It mustn’t be sidelined or lost, because it develops a child’s imagination, their physical stamina as well as keeping them fit.”