Stomping in the Mud Play Group is a rich, natural outdoor play environment where children have the opportunity to play outside,
rain or shine ... a chance for preschoolers to 'live in the moment' while learning through play.

Sunday, 2 October 2011


I was overwhelmed last week by the responses from people all over the world.  Thank you so much for your support.  It excites me to know that others feel so strongly in what I am doing.

"We must advocate for places where children wonder, discover, imagine, construct and learn by trial and error so that from their experiences they can develop their own framework of knowledge and a firm sense of self.  We hope to strengthen your commitment to children and to support their right to play"
taken from TUMBLING OVER THE EDGE A Rant For Children's Play
 - Bev Bos and Jenny Chapman

Our new table.

New water play / sensory table
my husband was busy last week,

...trying it out!

I was busy making owl babies.
Getting ready to plant!

Spring bulbs in first,

...winter pansies on top.

'Young children learn the most important things not by being told but by constructing knowledge for themselves in interaction with the physical world and with other children and the way they do this is by playing'

These plantings took place after the bulb and pansy planting.

Cut sunflowers appeared everywhere.

It is the PROCESS not the PRODUCT that is important!


  1. Great sensory table! I recognize that sun flower head! Glad it could be put to such great use!

  2. I love that water table! thanks for sharing such a wonderful place to explore the world.

  3. I'm a grandma too - isn't it great? I love your blog photos and ideas. Best wishes from Australia.

  4. OH My I LOVE this idea.... I am planning a natural playground for my backyard... but love the idea of play in the mud playgroup. I have one question do you let the children that come to the playdate in your house to use the bathroom