According to Wired magazine DIRT is the The 5th best toy of all time. It comes behind STICK, BOX, STRING, and CARDBOARD TUBE.
Of course, as a grown up, you may not agree but kids definitely are into the DIRT thing. Yesterday in my town of Croton on Hudson, NY we had the 12th annual Daffodil Bulb Planting Day. I organized this to make the village beautiful but who loves it? the Kids. And why do they love it? Because they can play with DIRT!
Kept in its proper place, Dirt can be loads of fun. It's great for digging, making piles and moving around. Use it with Stick to create mounds and grooves. Dirt also makes a great road surface for toy trucks and cars.
And best yet, playing with Dirt is actually good for you.Some studies have shown that kids who play with Dirt have stronger immune systems than those who don’t.
So why not set up a Mud Pie Kitchen? The kids could learn about 'food preparation' at the same time...:-D.
Here are some ideas:
The Norwegians know this. Here is a playground for young children in Oslo:
Want something gloopier? Just add water and you’ve got Mud!
Have fun! ...Maybe next year in Croton I will organize a Mud Day....hmmm...