Mud, glorious mud

Jan 4, 2016 | News stories

Children at Little Ladybirds Day Nursery are having a muddy good time in their newly redesigned outdoor play area.

A ‘mud kitchen’ is one of the features of the play area at Little Ladybirds Day Nursery, which is situated on the Preston Farm Industrial Estate in Stockton.

The idea of the kitchen, which includes an old microwave oven, pots, pans and a mud pit, is to encourage the children to use their imagination and creative skills using mud. This involves, for example, making mud pies and generally just having fun with earth, water and natural materials.

Another new feature is a water wall, which is made up of drainpipes that enable the children to have fun with water.

The nursery garden has also been transformed into an open plan play area, with and dedicated section for babies and younger children.

Little Ladybirds Day Nursery Manager Jennifer Thompson said: “Outdoor learning and play is an essential element of the early years foundation stage that we follow in the nursery.

“We redesigned the garden play area to provide more natural materials for the children to use, so as well as the mud kitchen and water wall, we also have tyres and soon we will be adding tree stumps to create a maths area.

“Being outdoors has a number of benefits so by effectively creating an outdoor classroom, as well as being lots of the fun the children will be learning in a stimulating and changing environment.”