Mud Play

As mud play is popular in toddlers we decided to get all the children involved in a mud bath where they had the opportunity to role play with the dolls and experience different textures and explore their senses.

“The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful” E.E. Cummings

Mud play encourages creativity by allowing children to use their imagination. The activity was to encourage caring for the dolls to further develop language skills and emotional skills, we also have a few children who are about to become siblings so it was a good way to introduce them to new routines and also teach them about sharing.

We included the mud as we found the child who had a next step relating to this activity really enjoyed getting messy with all kinds of materials, and also loves playing outside in the mud, digging for worms and using the mud as ‘pretend food.’


Mud play is beneficial as the children were all spoken to about where it comes from and what lives inside the mud, this allowed the children to say words such as:

  • Spiders
  • Worms
  • Flies
  • Bugs

Mud play is known to allow children to experience and be connected with nature; this helps them to appreciate the environment in which we live.

Role playing gives children the chance to act out familiar routines, practise their social skills, understand sharing and also allows them to use their imagination.

Child role play is a learning opportunity to support the values of all children and supporting their backgrounds and beliefs, sharing them with everyone else, teaching them about different cultural backgrounds and all individuals.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein.

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