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Time to Get Dirty

This is what we did for fun just the other day, play with dirt!  I know, I know, he'll get dirty but...
dirt can be the most delightful play item in nature.  It washes away from your hair, clothes, skin, and toenails, so I don't worry about my child getting a bit messy when outdoors.  I'm not concerned about stains, I just designate play clothes that are allowed to get dirty and keep in mind that a few stains are a small price to pay for the benefits of the imagination and creative play outdoors in the fresh air.  The important thing is to encourage my little one to play freely, without fear of getting dirty. 
He's a boy and he loves dirt, so why not let him enjoy it, after all I remember doing the same thing when I was a kid. 
We had all sorts of fun with dirt, we created walls made of mud, mud cake,  mud puddles, mud pies, channel of water and more.  The smile and satisfaction on my child's face is priceless.  
 He can play with dirt, he can play with mud, he can play with the hose, he can play with bugs and discover all that nature has to offer.
This stimulates creative play and problem solving.
After all that fun we discovered this little guy, 
well not so little, but look at how amazing this grasshopper looks. We photographed him, then set him free. I'm not of bug person, but sometimes you have to step out of the box, you know.
It's amazing how much you can discover in your own backyard or the park. 
Have you tried exploring the outdoors with your kids? 

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  1. Wow, how did you catch the grasshopper? He's a lovely looking thing.

  2. Thanks Kirsteen, my husband caught him in our yard, then placed him under a glass and photographed away. That grasshopper is something else.

  3. Loving your blog!

    And so what if he gets dirty...he'll remember times like that always.

    Love your pictures!

    Ps. I'm your newest follower! :)

  4. I'm not a bug person either!!! Playing outside is great for the kids and many of today's kids aren't doing enough of it!!

  5. Oh my goodness, my girls are outside ALL THE TIME. They're filthy dirty by the end of the day, but they're happy, and I can get some gardening done. :)


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