International Mud Day
World over, June 29th is celebrated is ‘International Mud Day’, a day when children can connect to nature in its muddiest form. The purpose of this event at Indus Altum Early Learning Centre(IAELC) was to bring the children and adults closer to nature and learn to enjoy the incredible experiences nature has blessed us with.
In 2009 at the World Forum for Early Childhood Care and Education in Belfast the idea of International Mud Day had its beginnings. Two members of the Nature Action Collaborative for Children, Gillian McAuliffe from Western Australia and Bishnu Bhatta from Nepal, discussed the challenges children faced when playing in mud in each other’s context. In India, this was initiated by Early Childhood Association.
On Saturday, 29th June 2019, IAELC was a day buzzing with hands on experiential activities like make a race car track, sculpture moulding, brick laying, mud molding, painting with mud, seed balls, counting in mud, texture touch and last but definitely not the least ‘jumping in the muddy puddle’. ‘Vermiculture’ and ‘Kitchen Garden’ workshops were planned for the parents as children need to see adults too engaged in Nature based activities.
While planning the event, we had been conscious about the water shortage and had thus aligned the activities of the event with the Indus Altum curriculum – Experiential Learning and also helped children help get closer to Nature.
We extend our thanks to all the parents and parent volunteers for their unwavering support, partnership and participation that helped make this event a roaring success.
It was a treat for children to experience nature at its rawest form and celebrate the natural joys of playing in the mud amidst a sea of laughter and joyful faces throughout the evening.