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Published on 22.06.20 in Mud

Mud Day & Community Winners

Get ready for Mud Day!

Next Monday 29 June is International Mud Day - it's our favourite special day!

It's not too late to order your Muddy Faces kit for Mud Day 2020 - order by Wednesday 24 June to receive your order for Monday

Scroll down for Mud Day resources and activities in the Outdoor Hub, and products to kickstart your muddy exploration in the Muddy Faces shop.

wooden disc with the words Mud Champion burnt into it

MUD DAY IS COMING!

29 June is International Mud Day - as you can probably guess, it's our favourite special day.

Are you a mud champion?

Some people are still wary, or love the idea of mud play and mud kitchens but have no idea how to start. Of course there is loads of information on the Mud page of our Outdoor Hub, but we'd like to hear from you - the experts.

So this year we're gathering your best Mud Play Tips - it could be anything to do with mud kitchens or mud play, but here are some possible areas to consider...

  • how to start?
  • what to use?
  • favourite bit of kit
  • what have you/your group learnt through mud play?
  • how to cope with mud & mess
  • favourite mud activities
  • best evidence/research
  • favourite book
  • social media to inspire you
  • fondest memory of playing in the mud?
  • how will you be celebrating Mud Day?
girl in a flowery dress and green hat carrying a plate full of mud and feathers and flowers

Send your mud play tips to share@muddyfaces.co.uk, please title your email MUD PLAY TIPS... there will be prizes for our favourites!

We are still welcoming new photos to our Mud Gallery too - we're very happy to credit you/your project in this ever-growing and inspiring gallery of mud play in many different forms.

Send your Mud Gallery images to share@muddyfaces.co.uk - please title your email MUD GALLERY.

(we loved this image sent in last year so much that we used it on the cover of our catalogue!)

And don't forget on social media to use #MuddiestPhotoOfTheDay!

Community giveaway winners:

Every once in a while we accumulate a little pile of products where the packaging has been damaged but the goods themselves are fine, end of line items or surplus stock. All in perfectly good nick, and we want it to go to good homes.

A couple of weeks ago we decided to offer a bundle to a community project - we invited nominations for projects or community groups that work with disadvantaged or under-represented groups.

We had a really great response. And found it impossible to pick only one winner.

So we created five bundles of goodies for five amazing community projects - and we thought you might like to hear about them.

Community winner 1

We sent a clothing bundle to Milburn Community Playgroup in County Derry, NI

Paula McIntyre nominated her own group - and rightly so! Paula said:

"I wish to nominate my own group please. Millburn Community Playgroup is based in an area of disadvantage with high levels of unemployment ... I feel reaching out to the local community is good for children in so many ways and also helpful to build up self-esteem and confidence in the unemployed.

I have recently placed an order with Muddy Faces and I am astonished at the prices which are so manageable and realistic for groups! Keep up the good work!"


MIlburn Community Playgroup Facebook page

4 children in waterproof clothes playing in mud
a counter made of wooden pallets with bowls of flowers and items for mud kitchen play
landscape with green trees and grass and colourful huts and sheds and paths through

Community winner 2

We also sent a clothing bundle to Sprig Ludens Forest School Nursery, London

John Massingham nominated this project, run by Streatham Youth & Community Trust's early years and play team. He said:

"Really community minded and driven - work with Early Help referrals and the Lonesome Way Traveller community to name but a few...

The efforts of the staff are amazing. They have a great DIY spirit - building mud kitchens, putting up tents and building dens with children. They are all so dedicated to making a difference in their lives of all in the community.

The manager of the nursery produced 80-100 meals for 10 weeks of lockdown for local families, before working very hard to relaunch the nursery and welcome kids back to the amazing natural playground.


You can hear children laughing and playing when you enter the park. Its wonderful and a hidden gem."


Find out more about Sprig Ludens here.

Thanks to John for sending these lovely photos.

child sized garden forks, a broom, bug viewer and other forest school kit

Community winner 3

We sent a bundle of garden forks & bug watchers to Wildlings Community Group, Doncaster

This group provides accessible and inclusive outdoor learning, nurture and well-being sessions and forest school - and had 4 glowing nominations!

Katy said "They are run by volunteers and are free of charge for vulnerable children living in poverty suffering social isolation."

A 2nd Katy said: "They only set up in October and have suffered substantial flooding before Xmas and now a global pandemic. The group works with autistic children and children who live in disadvantaged areas of Doncaster. A little set like this would make a real difference."

Rachael said "They hold fab free session that educate and encourage children to look after the environment and explore in a fun, organic way. My 2 SEN boys attend the sessions and they love it."

Pearl said: "The group are brilliant at offering tailored sessions to children and provide excellent care, learning, education, and tonnes of fun! They’d be a really worthy winner."

Wildings website / Wildings on Facebook

Thanks to Wildings for their photo of just some of the goodies in their bundle.

wooden bridge with a tree in the background with graphic of trees over top and text Rewild Play Forest School & Training

Community winner 4

We sent a box of campfire grills & trivets to Rewild Play, south Wales

Nature and child-directed play for children in South Wales, plus opportunities for children with disabilities and ALN, and their carers, to access support in a natural environment. Nominator Lauren Powell said:

"I have to nominate the amazing Rewild Play, they are based in Wales and they have supported so many children and families with additional needs.

Sian has gone above and beyond delivering food parcels, sending out sensory packs to children - parent and carer packs to us frazzled parents too. I'm an autism mum and all services has ceased to an extent during this lockdown and if it wasn't for Friends of Rewild Play and their amazing support I would be lost.

They offer parents and carers forest bathing and a space at an allotment, this is something that has helped me so much. This amazing charity provides an out of this world forest school to ALN children and families, brilliant music classes, youth clubs and trips out ( like super tubing and gymnastics ) all in a safe and non judgemental environment.

Being outdoors improves everyone's wellbeing and mental health, Rewild play and its users could really benefit from these items, they are a charity and rely on donations and funding."


Rewild Play on Facebook / Rewild Play website

a montage of children doing forest school activities, with the words Mud Pie Explorers over the top in a green splodge

Community winner 5

We sent Mud Pie Explorers in Bristol a bundle including a tarp, hammock, saw & drill

A CIC providing Forest School and other child led outdoor learning experiences in a local woodland and educational settings. They had 2 nominations.

Nickie, who runs the project, said: "We support children with a range of additional needs - they are mud loving, bug hunting, bird spotting, star gazing, giggletastic explorers!"

Aimee said:

"Mid Pie Explorers in Downend, Bristol should get this kit because of all the hard work they do with children with additional needs.

Damon and Nickie are amazing and give up so much of their time to share information with schools and parents and really care about the children they work with. They have been a godsend to so many parents."


Mud Pie Explorers Facebook page / Mud PIe Explorers website.

SHOP:

Our one stop shop has a diverse selection of practical, educational and inspiring products for all your forest school, outdoor play and learning requirements.

WE ARE OPEN!

Orders may take a little longer than usual to process. We are getting orders out as quickly and efficiently as possible whilst ensuring we adhere to safe working practices. See our full Covid-19 statement here.

BUT WE ARE STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Washable Stencils - Pack of 6

From: £1.99 exVAT

Green Earth Learning said on Twitter

"Mud painting never gets boring - old sheets, mud & some lovely stencils from @Muddyfaces."
(Thanks for the pic @EarthLearning)


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Mud Kitchen Double Hob

From: £22.99 exVAT

A chunky, sanded softwood hob with twisting dials and stainless steel fittings - ideal for your mud kitchen area.

Made from UK wood, with natural knots and imperfections.


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Toddler & Twos

£108.99 exVAT

Gather, fill, pour, empty, stir, mix & transform... explore cause and effect through physical actions.

Wood, silicone & metal utensils • stainless steel bowls, saucepans & scoops • jugs & watering cans.


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OUTDOOR HUB:

Our Outdoor Hub is free to everyone and packed full of literally hundreds of step-by-step, photo-illustrated activities. You don't have to be out in an amazing Forest School or woodland setting, most of the activities can be done at home, in a yard or garden, many of them can be adapted and done indoors.

We really do encourage you to get outside if you can - the benefits to your health and wellbeing are huge - you can read all about them on the Outdoor Hub here.

Click here to browse our Outdoor Hub activities

Our activities are organised in categories so you can find what you need, or use our keyword search (scroll down the left hand menu) to follow your children's interests.


The Outdoor Hub has a wealth of inspiring activities, events and information. Each section has been designed to encourage engagement in the outdoors, connection with nature and to help spark imaginative play and creativity.

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