And of course, the addition of lots of water was the best part of all! The soil became a glorious mud pit, easy to dig in and search through for treasures! Lots of worms came to the surface (the birds thanked us later!) and C was fascinated by them, and also by the roots of some plants that she dug up!
C made and then served up our delicious dinner!
Mud, grass, herb, water, soap, sand soup anyone?!
They have spent a good length of time over the past few days playing in this area outside. It is not as beautiful as many mud-pie kitchens I have seen around (there are some spectacular examples!) but it will be a place that can change and be adapted in a very open-ended way.
Other ideas for ingredients for them to experiment with are: cornflour, sugar, vinegar, food colouring, salt, bicarbonate of soda, flour, rice, pasta, lentils, porridge oats and beans.
- what does that smell/ look/ feel like? what do you think it is?
- what is the soil like before we add water? describe it
- what do you think will happen when we add water? try it!
- what does it feel and look like now? can you splash in it like a puddle?
- what can you make with wet mud? can you make anything stick together with dry mud?
- what can you make with X ingredients?
- sensory: exploring materials with hands and feet/ smell/ texture
- literacy: developing vocabulary to describe new experiences and feelings/ incorporating stories and poems into whole body play/ imagining and creating storylines in role-play
- maths: counting out objects and spoonfuls/ experimenting with capacity by filling and emptying/ arranging and sorting objects by size, colour, shape, material
- creativity: using imagination to create stories and role-play
- phse: playing independently/ working co-operatively/ maintaining concentration and sustained involvement in play/ decision making
- science: investigative thinking skills/ what if? questioning/ exploring materials/ observing change of materials from dry to wet