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Dirt is Good - Learning through outdoor play




When it comes to learning I whole heartedly believe the best way to encourage it is through play. Children are naturally curious and there isn't a day that goes by that both my kiddos don't ask me a hundred questions. Often prompting me to go learn the answers to some things myself!

We are working with Persil to spread awareness of Outdoor Classroom Day: on the 17th of May thousands of schools around the world will take lessons outdoors and 
prioritise playtime. In 2017, over 2 million children in over 100 countries took part. Play is so important for helping children's development and it's a project that as a parent I can 100% support. Despite us all knowing how important play is, we are currently experiencing a global play crisis, undermining children’s growth and chances of achieving their full potential. Driving this change will take many hands

The website has some brilliant information and resources for both school and parents. Wilf and I had a look at their 'Get Inspired' section and chose the lesson 'Natural Expression' . After weeks of rain we lucked out with a sunny weekend and so we headed to our local park to see what things from nature that could inspire us. Wilf loves art so he wanted to create a landscape from the things we found. The field had been freshly mown so it was perfect for collecting as the leaves for our trees!


Mabli got really into it too and we had lots of conversation about what flowers were weeds and why the grass needs to be cut.


We couldn't actually find any sticks in the park so headed to the woods to find some. This is the moment before me and Wilf went to look for some bluebells and slipped on our bums, ha! We both laughed a lot about that and it was a very clear reminder that dirt is good, and pretty funny too!


When we got home we used the sticks for the base of the trees, the cut grass as the bushes and tree tops and then later some scrunched up paper for clouds!

Despite us all knowing how important play is, we are currently experiencing a global play crisis,
undermining children’s growth and chances of achieving their full potential. Driving this change will take many hands. That’s why Persil, who believes every child should have the opportunity to learn and develop though outdoor play and exploration, supports this global movement and encourages families to embrace dirt and experience life, with all its messiness. 

It makes me sad to think that outdoor play and getting dirty isn't so commonplace anymore but I have to admit that in a technological age I'm often guilty of getting outdoors less. Especially with the usual British Weather! It's a reminder as always to get back to basics and learn the simple way through touching things, running around getting dirty, asking many questions, being silly, creating art and just playing in general! 


If you are a parent wanting to sign-up then you can do so here - https://outdoorclassroomday.com/



This post is in partnership with Persil


14 comments:

nicol said...

i remember my parents would always encourage me to go out and play and this is what i'm going to do when i have children in hte future. its really sad to see not many going tout but rather stay in and play on the phones and computers. feels like they're losing their childhood that way

A Day In The Life Of A Mum Of 6 said...

What a great way to learn and love the great outdoors. I wanted my kids to go to a forest school for this reason but we dont have one here grr. I adore the shots of you guys as well x

lisa bradburn said...

I'm a great believer in kids learning through play and the outdoor world holds a whole host of opportunities to develop this. One of our fav pastimes is heading outside in search of bugs and creepy crawlies!!!

Yeah Lifestyle said...

We love outdoor play but hate cleaing the clothes after. I think kids have more fun and learn more when they are running barefeet in the mud and having a good time

Lauretta C Wright said...

It's a must that we introduce our children to outdoor play especially in today's technological era. Outdoor play helps them interact and develop initiative.

Five Little Doves said...

I love this and I totally agree. I think it's so important to get outdoors and let the kids get dirty and explore nature. It's what being a child is all about!

Kara Guppy said...

Mine love nothing more than getting caked in mud and doing battle with sticks. I love that they enjoy being outside too

Angela Ricardo Bethea said...

OMG! Outdoor activities for kids is such a perfect idea. and this is really a nice idea. It will help to enhance their creativity and their skills.

Nichola - Globalmouse said...

What a great campaign, I love the art you created. We try to get outside but it's so much easier when it's warm weather isn't it? I can't wait for summer to do more of this.

Linda Hobbis said...

What a great campaign. When I was growing up in the 70's mum would just kick my sister and I out to play. My hubby (same age) remembers whole days spent roaming around a nearby quarry. Learning outside is so important but it's a struggle to let go and let the kids out these days.

Anosa Malanga said...

Getting to play outdoor every day was part of my childhood and hope to give that to my kids too. I too am saddened its not that common anymore

Tigerlilly Quinn said...

Nicol - I know it's tricky isn't it, I embrace technology but I wish we went back to basics a bit more x

Tigerlilly Quinn said...

Kara - Same! There's nothing better than just getting mucky right? x

Tigerlilly Quinn said...

Linda - I know what you mean, me and brother were the same with our bikes, we'd ride them up and down the lane all evening by ourselves! x

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