Wet and Wonderful – a Mud Puddle-and-Pie Activity Guide
The season of wet-and-muddy is upon us, and with it, an opportunity to embrace all manners of sensory play, mud-puddle math, nature art and interdisciplinary integration! Have boots? Will play!
Mud puddles provide endless hours of sensory fun, and an incredible opportunity for authentic learning!
How deep is the water? How much water is in a really big puddle? What could it fill? A bucket? A bathtub? How could we even measure it?!
In her blog Puddle Play – Rethinking the ‘Math Classroom’, Deanna Pecaski McLennan, PhD, elaborates the “measurement, counting, capacity, classification, time and quantity” that can all be explored authentically in a puddle. This is rich learning where play and adaptive reasoning intersect.
Math can happen anywhere, and outdoors doing something most children love is the perfect place!
Tool tips? Try:
- Turkey basters That turkey baster that only gets used twice yearly?! An incredible (and FUN) instrument of transfer and measurement: squirting distance, volume transfer – comparing between one container and another.
- Measuring cups
More math and measurement?! Try Mud Kitchens!
Cooking up delicious “recipes” in a mud kitchen requires only a few second-hand kitchen implements like muffin tins, metal bowls, collanders and spoons. This can be on-the-ground immersive play or hands-in-a-sandbox in a wood or brick enclosure (pictured below). Second-hand stores are inexpensive sources for utensils, and places like the Re-store offer inexpensive sinks and accessories for more elaborate builds!