Outdoor play is the corner stone of healthy childhood memories. Playing outdoors, and with mud is more than just fun. There is a growing body of research into why kids have an inbuilt need to play in mud.
There is evidence suggesting that mud play is a basic biological need, and this type of play has many physical, psychological and emotional benefits for children.
MUD MAKES YOU HAPPY – New research has shown that exposure to friendly soil bacteria (Mycobacterium Vaccae) stimulates the immune system causing the brain to release serotonin, the endorphin used to regulate mood.
When designing our outdoor spaces we were very conscious to preserve our link with nature. We used natural materials. Carved massive logs into balance beams. Turned council deforestation into stumps for jumping. Where possible we’ve used natural materials, stone, brick, wood and of course dirt.
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