What's In This Kit?
This training kit helps teachers understand the benefits of mud play as a learning experience.
They will learn ways to conduct and evaluate activities involving mud and other sensory play
materials. As a result of this training, Learners will be able to explain the benefits, and prepare
for, conduct, and evaluate a mud day or other messy play activity. They will learn ways to
involve parents in these activities.
This training kit contains the following components:
- Expected training outcomes and learning objectives
- Training tips and strategies
- Training benchmarks
- Preparation and implementation steps
- The article "A Muddy First" by Michael Follett, Kristian Hancock, and Diana Suskind
- Small Group Activity Cards
- Bonus Article, "Glorious Mud: The Cheapest, Friendliest Art Material in the World"
by Kiko Denzer
- Three Bonus Activities
- References and Resources
- Training Certificate for Learner — Certificate of Attendance and Participation
- Training Certificate for Trainer — Award Certificate
Who's the Target Audience?
The target audiences for this training kit are beginning, intermediate, and advanced Learners
who are working with young children ages 3-12 years.
|Teacher Skill Level
|Children's Age Level
||birth to 5
Preparation time for this kit is estimated at 1 hour. Implementation and actual training time is 2
hours, which includes 1 hour of face-to-face training and 1 hour of independent study and an
applied activity project. There are 3 bonus activities, which can add as much as 2.5 hours to
the training time.
At the conclusion of this training, Learners will be able to:
- Explain the benefits of mud play and other sensory experiences.
- Name some ways to involve parents in mud play activities.
- Compile and list the steps to prepare for a mud day or other messy play activity.
- Conduct and evaluate at least 2 activities involving mud or other sensory materials and
explain the learning benefits.
These training outcomes address the following:
- 1.A.01a. Teachers work in partnership with families, establishing and maintaining regular, ongoing,
- 2.G.03 Children are provided varied opportunities and materials that encourage them to use the
5 senses to observe, explore, and experiment with scientific phenomena.
- 3.A.03 Teaching staff support children's needs.
- 9.A.04 A variety of age- and developmentally-appropriate materials and equipment are
available indoors and outdoors for children throughout the day.
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