Discovery Child Care is excited to share some program highlights, upcoming events and special dates that may be of interest to our parents and guardians. Special events and activities occur on a regular basis at Discovery Child Care, we like to think these extra efforts heighten the level of quality in each program and enhance the daily experiences we provide as early childhood educators.
Fun Fair - June 25th
Mud Day - June 28th
Discovery FUN FAIR Hooray for Mud Day!
The time has finally arrived! Children and staff at Discovery are excited to be planning for our International Mud Day celebrations once again! Friday, June 28th will be the big day for all children at Discovery to get as dirty and messy as we can, doing a variety of educational and fun activities both indoors and out! What’s the big deal about mud? Why dedicate an entire day this ooey-gooey natural goodness? Well here are a few reasons to consider…
- It can make you happier! Mud contains microscopic bacteria that increase serotonin levels in the brain, making us more calm and relaxed.
- It connects us with nature. The more connected we are, the more we learn about and care for nature and the environment.
- It can make you healthier. Playing in the mud can help to boost the immune system.
- It helps children learn and develop. Sensory and hands on play feeds children’s brains.
- It welcomes all comers! Mud is open ended and meets the needs of children of all ages, stages and abilities.
Find out more about these reasons for mud play and learn a few others here
Now that you know when Mud Day is taking place at Discovery, here are a couple of tips to make sure your child is ready to fully enjoy the experience:
- Make sure your child is wearing clothing that you don’t mind getting messy on the day of the event. Your child WILL need extra clothes to change into. More is better as the whole day may be filled messy activities.
- Talk about it ahead of time with them. Let them know it is ok to get dirty and be excited for the event with them!
And, for parents with reservations about messy play themselves, try to remember that “the marks on children’s clothes, the pockets filled with sand, the paint in the hair- these are the indicators of architects, artists and scientists in training.” (Jenny Kable, Author “5 Tips to help parents embrace messy play at school” www.letthechildrenplay.net)
We are ALL looking forward to celebrating glorious MUD together!
What is a Forest School?
A forest school is an outdoor education model that focuses on using outdoor spaces to help children learn personal, social and technical skills. To put it simply, forest schools take the learning outside.