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Sunny with a chance of mud at Florissant Valley

June 11, 2014

Mud Day  
Preschoolers enjoying Mud Day at the Child
Development Center.

St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley will host its fourth annual Mud Day on Monday, June 30. Infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age youngsters will engage in mud play beginning at 10 a.m. at the Child Development Center.

All playgrounds located at the center will have a mound of dirt and lots of water, creating a play area of mighty mud, along with various other activities. The children will be exploring and enjoying the opportunity to get wet, messy and muddy.

More than 60 children, along with parents and teachers, are expected to participate.

The World Forum Foundation Nature Action Collaborative for Children started International Mud Day several years ago in an effort to connect children with nature. Today it is celebrated around the globe, including countries like Nepal and Australia. Children who learn to value nature help produce a future society that is more environmentally responsible.

“It is essential for children to have ongoing, positive interactions with nature,” said Renee Mayse, assistant director at Florissant Valley's Child Development Center. “This connection to nature fosters cognitive, social-emotional, motor and representational development in children while creating a sense of commitment to their environment, both of which are essential for the propagation of healthy people and a healthy planet.”

Mayse said scientific studies prove that when children have access to the outdoors and green spaces, their stress levels, rates of attention deficit disorders and behavioral issues drop considerably. It also develops cognitive capabilities by enhancing many skills such as observation, special awareness and analytical processing.
 
In 2010, STLCC-Florissant Valley sent a multi-disciplinary team from several departments, as well as representatives from the Child Development Laboratory Center, to Nebraska to attend "Connecting Children with Nature," an international action forum sponsored by the World Forum Foundation.

“Based on all the research, we have been working diligently to make our outdoor space more natural and adaptable for year-round use,” said Mayse.
“We celebrate International Mud Day because of the opportunity to not only connect with nature, but also to join with children from around the world to spread the word about healthy relationships between people and the environment.”