Playing with mud

Two year old boy explores a muddy puddle in the park with his mum. He pokes prods and ponders in the sloppy mud.

Good for looking at

  • Messy play
  • Sensory play
  • Learning outdoors
  • Characteristics of effective learning - having a go
  • Parents


  • What cues can you see that show what the child is interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How the child is learning?
  • Which areas of play, development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways does the adult support the child’s learning?
  • How does the outdoor environment support the child’s learning?