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, 29 January 2012

Lots Of Rain = Lots Of Mud

"Young children thrive & their minds & bodies develop best when they have free access to stimulating outdoor environments for learning through play & real experiences".      Jan White

"The world is MUD-luscious & PUDDLE-wonderful".   E.E.Cummings

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow..........

entrance into Stomping in the Mud

bamboo heavy with snow

bamboo becomes a tunnel

up to a foot of snow in our play space

our music tree

mud kitchen becomes a snow kitchen

Stomping in the Mud takes a snow day..........

Friday, 13 January 2012

Taking Care Of The Birds.......

The ingredients -  tree cones, lard & bird seed

the fun begins

spread on the lard

roll cones in the bird seed

hang the bird feeders up

watching for the birds

bird seed molds

Recipe for bird seed molds
3/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup water, 1 envelope unflavoured gelatin,
3 T. corn syrup ( I didn't add)
Mix together then add bird seed.
Spray molds with nonstick spray. Press seed mixture into molds.  Put straw all the way through, leave 2-3 hours. Remove straw, lay on wax paper, allow another 2-3 hours or overnight.  Hang in tree by twine through straw hole.

"In order to see birds, it is necessary to become part of the silence"  Robert Lynd

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Rain, Rain And More Rain........

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain".

That is certainly what we did this week at Stomping in the Mud, our first real rainy days.

 Loose parts were moved....

golf tees were hammered into Styrofoam...


printing making

play dough play

water play...

and more fun loose parts play; followed by a lovely walk in the woods before 'going home time'.
It was learning through play as usual at Stomping in the Mud!