Let’s Get Dirty — Happy International Mud Day!

TGSG Note: I don’t usually double dip, but I couldn’t help but share this post on both blogs. After all, the more kids we get outside, the better!  :-) Bethe

Silver Lining

That’s right — it’s International Mud Day! A day where children (and their adults!) around the world are encouraged to get down and dirty!

Mud puddles. Mud pies. You name it — let’s do it and enjoy every squishy, messy moment!

It’s as easy as 1…2…3!

1. Why not…

2. Read these, fantastic mud-inspired posts:


3. Watch this video!

OK, that has to be plenty to keep you busy! Get out there and play today. And remember, there is a muddle puddle with your name on it! :-)


See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Mud Stain Guru


Creative Commons License photo credit: [casey]

Activitypalooza: Nature & Outdoor Play Ideas

Shoes. Again.
Recently, I had the opportunity to do a really fun workshop for early childhood educators and caregivers up in Winnipeg, Canada. For me, early childhood is the best place to establish connections with the natural world and help establish preferences for outdoor play and exploration.

Reaching children and families BEFORE the plugging-in of childhood to media and electronic devices is key to help raise a generation of happy, healthy children — and early childhood professionals are  the linchpin for success.

Besides, there is no audience I would rather work with. Early childhood folks have a playful spirit and are so game for anything, including making up dances and cheers about little brown bats, pocket gophers, tree frogs and red squirrels. No, I am not kidding you.

But I digress…

So, I thought I would share one of the outcomes of our workshop here — and let me tell you, we put the work in workshop!  We created a school/program-year calendar of nature and outdoor play ideas and activities.

Click on the link below to download your calendar today. You’ll find a little bit of everything – math, art, movement, science, literacy, and lots of play and exploration. Um, and lots of snow-related activities. It was Canada, after all. :-)


I hope you enjoy the calendar, and are inspired to take your teaching outside — and bring the outdoors in. I promise, there is no better way to reach and teach all children. Besides, it will “raise your game” as an educator and/or caregiver.

I would love to know what you think. And please share the calendar far and wide. The more kids we get outside, the better!

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

PS: To all my groovy workshop attendees, thanks for all the great ideas! What you’ll find here is a combination of your group work, the activities we did in the workshop and additional activities from me to fill in the blanks, etc. Yay team!

This post is part of the We Play link-up at Childhood 101 and the Let’s Play link-up at Let the Children Play. Viva play!

Creative Commons License photo credit: Gdpaule


Growing Young Minds in the Forest

“As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unself- consciously to the soughing of the trees.”

~ Valerie Andrews, A Passion for this Earth

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of outdoor preschools, and couldn’t be more excited about them taking root (ha – get it!) here in the United States.

To learn more about this exciting educational approach — and to get some great resources and ideas — visit my friend Ken Finch’s site, Green Hearts.


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